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Salt, Light, and Cocaine: Religious Civil Society and Narco-Violence in Mexico's Border Region

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dc.contributor.advisor Burt, Jo-Marie
dc.contributor.author Potts, Richard
dc.creator Potts, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:17:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:17:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10617
dc.description.abstract Latin America’s rising indices of criminality make it now one of the world’s most troubled regions. In 2016, 43 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world were in Latin America, and one-third of the world’s murders now occur there. Mexico is a case of particular interest where narco-violence has claimed nearly 200,000 lives. Mexico is also one of the world’s most religious nations, creating a jarring panorama of religious fervor and lawlessness. This dissertation investigates cases of this overlap to identify contributions and prospects of religious actors within civil society and to account for religion’s uniquely powerful ability to shape identity and action. This dissertation does so by presenting original first-person ethnographic observation and analysis of three religion-based civil society organizations that have mobilized to resist the violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
dc.format.extent 287 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Richard Potts
dc.subject Political science en_US
dc.subject International relations en_US
dc.subject civil society en_US
dc.subject Mexico en_US
dc.subject organized crime en_US
dc.subject peacemaking en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.title Salt, Light, and Cocaine: Religious Civil Society and Narco-Violence in Mexico's Border Region
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Political Science
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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