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Narcocultura: a threat to Mexican national security?

By Ashleigh A. Fugate

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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.This project analyzes the collective identity and narratives surrounding the culture of the drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), or narcocultura, in Mexico. It questions whether the visible cultural artifacts of the DTOs reflect a cultural identity or if they create an identity that threatens Mexican national security. The analysis establishes that narcocultura is a relevant framework to study Mexican transnational organized crime (TOC). The thesis utilizes both cultural and security studies to illuminate the development of narcocultura in Mexico. The author assesses the transmission of narcocultura through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition, the study looks at past and present methods that the Mexican government at the municipal, state, and federal level uses to prevent the spread of narcocultura. Ultimately, the aforesaid theories applied to narcocultura reveal essential vulnerabilities that the Mexican government can exploit against the DTOs.Second Lieutenant, United States Air Forc

Topics: Government of Mexico (GoM), Criminal Organization, Drug Trafficking, Drug Culture, Narcocultura, Narcoculture, Social Identity Theory, Security Studies, Narrative Analysis
Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:calhoun.nps.edu:10945/27832

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