Barrio Libre: Criminalizing States and Delinquent Refusals by Gilberto Rosas

By Gilberto Rosas

The urban of Nogales straddles the border working among Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. at the Mexican aspect, marginalized youths calling themselves Barrio Libre (Free 'Hood) hire violence, robbery, and bribery to outlive, frequently preying on undocumented migrants who navigate the city's sewer method to move the US-Mexico border. during this e-book, Gilberto Rosas attracts on his in-depth ethnographic learn one of the participants of Barrio Libre to appreciate why they've got embraced illegal activity and the way neoliberalism and protection regulations on each side of the border have affected the youths' descent into Barrio Libre.

Rosas argues that even though those youths perform the victimization of others, they need to now not be demonized. they're complexly and adversely positioned. the consequences of NAFTA have compelled lots of them, in addition to different Mexicans, emigrate to Nogales. relocating fluidly with the youths throughout the areas that they inhabit and regulate, he indicates how the militarization of the border really destabilized the zone and led Barrio Libre to show to more and more violent actions, together with drug trafficking. via concentrating on those youths and their delinquency, Rosas demonstrates how capitalism and criminal activity form perceptions and reviews of race, sovereignty, and resistance alongside the US-Mexico border.

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