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Narcocultura: a threat to Mexican national security?

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Authors
Fugate, Ashleigh A.
Subjects
Government of Mexico (GoM)
Criminal Organization
Drug Trafficking
Drug Culture
Narcocultura
Narcoculture
Social Identity Theory
Security Studies
Narrative Analysis
Advisors
Nieto-Gómez, Rodrigo
Date of Issue
2012-12
Date
Dec-12
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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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.
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National Security Affairs
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