Tuesday, July 19, 2011

History for the Future: Howard Campbell on the Drug War Zone

Howard Campbell on the Drug War Zone
History for the Future

Professor of anthropology at the University of Texas-El Paso, Howard Campbell, discusses his book Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez (2009). Based on extensive interviews and discussions with participants in both the drug trafficking industry and in law enforcement, Campbell’s work explores how this powerful, illicit economy operates from the perspective of the people involved. Such a view, Campbell suggests, forces us to call into question easy assumptions about the so-called “War on Drugs,” among much else.

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