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The Ambivalent State


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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Clandestine Relations Matter
Chapter Two: Drug Violence in the Streets and at Home
Chapter Three: Collusion and Legal Cynicism
Chapter Four: Establishing the "Arreglo"
Chapter Five: Competition, Retaliation, and Violence
Chapter Six: Patchworks of Protection
Chapter Seven: Unpacking Collusion

About the Author

Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin where he directs the Urban Ethnography Lab. His main areas of research, writing and teaching are urban poverty, political ethnography, and collective violence. Auyero was the editor of the journal Qualitative Sociology from 2005 to 2010.

Katherine Sobering is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas. Her research examines inequality, politics and social change in the Americas. She is currently writing a book on organizational transformation and the construction of equality in worker-recuperated businesses in Argentina.

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