Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes: Violent Myths of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier
ISBN: 0268200769
EAN13: 9780268200763
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 15, 2021
Pages: 260
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes: Violent Myths of the U.S.-Mexico Frontier

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Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes examines how historical archetypes in violent narratives on the Mexican American frontier have resulted in political discourse that feeds back into real violence.

The drug battles, outlaw culture, and violence that permeate the U.S.-Mexican frontier serve as scenery and motivation for a wide swath of North American culture. In this innovative study, Rafael Acosta Morales ties the pride that many communities felt for heroic tales of banditry and rebels to the darker repercussions of the violence inflicted by the representatives of the law or the state. Narratives on bandits, cowboys, and desperadoes promise redistribution, regeneration, and community, but they often bring about the very opposite of those goals. This paradox is at the heart of Acosta Morales's book.

Drug Lords, Cowboys, and Desperadoes examines the relationship between affect, narrative, and violence surrounding three historical archetypes--social bandits (often associated with the drug trade), cowboys, and desperadoes--and how these narratives create affective loops that recreate violent structures in the Mexican American frontier. Acosta Morales analyzes narrative in literary, cinematic, and musical form, examining works by Am rico Paredes, Luis G. Incl n, Clint Eastwood, Rolando Hinojosa, Yuri Herrera, and Cormac McCarthy. The book Read More chevron_right

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