Accession Number:

ADA574223

Title:

Narcocultura: A Threat to Mexican National Security?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

111.0

Abstract:

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 within which to study Mexican transnational organized crime TOC. The study utilizes both cultural and security studies to illuminate the development of narcocultura in Mexico. It also 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 has used at the municipal, state, and federal levels to prevent the spread of narcocultura. When the aforesaid theories are applied to narcocultura, they reveal essential vulnerabilities that the Mexican government can exploit against DTOs.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE