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Het Mexicaanse Drugsgeweld

By Teun Voeten | 2018

This is the Dutch journalistic version of the PhD thesis from Dr. Voeten. Teun Voeten has been focussing on the Mexican Drug Violence since 2009, as a photographer, journalist and anthropologist. It is currently the most violent conflict in a modern, industrialized country, taking nearly 180.000 casualties in 10 years time. Voeten analyses how a Voeten neoliberal system in overdrive creates a class of superfluous, expendable people who become the foot soldiers for the cartels, that function as predatory, hyper-capitalist corporations. The drug violence is a form of hybrid warfare, just as the war between radical islam and the West. Voeten talks to Mexican assassins for hire (sicarios) and compares them with Jihadists, West-African child soldiers and crack dealers from New York. He explores the sense of senseless violences and researches how humans become ruthless killers that are able to commit ‘inhumane’ acts that are in fact very human.

Read more: Summary PhD Thesis Teun Voeten Mexican Drug Violence (PDF)

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The Mexican Drug Violence: Hybrid Warfare, Predatory Capitalisme and the Logic of Cruelty
Original PhD Thesis
Published by Teun Voeten, University Leiden
Pages: 400 pages
Price: € 25

Het Mexicaanse Drugsgeweld. Een Nieuw Type Oorlog, Roofkapitalisme en de Logica van Wreedheid
Dutch Journalistic version
Published by ‘De Blauwe Tijger’
Pages: 320 pagina’s
ISBN: 9789492161642
Price: € 26,50

English and Spanish journalistic editions in production

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Available from September 2018
You can order the English language academic version (the original PhD thesis) straight from the author, Dr Teun Voeten.

You can order the Dutch journalistic version, ‘Het Mexicaanse Drugsgeweld’ directly from the Uitgeverij de Blauwe Tijger.

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DUTCH EDITORIAL REVIEWS AND ADVANCE PRAISE FOR ‘HET MEXICAANSE DRUGSGEWELD’

"Onthullend, doordringend en urgent. Met grote vaart en beeldend geschreven door een journalist die in ieder internationaal conflict, drugsoorlogen incluis, vooraan heeft gestaan."
-- Linda Polman, Onderzoeksjournalist en auteur van de internationale bestseller ‘De Crisiskaravaan’

"Een doorwrocht, genuanceerd maar ook bloedstollend betoog over extreem geweld, gestoeld op moedig veldwerk. Teun Voeten is één van de weinige onderzoekers die er niet voor terugdeinzen om ook het perspectief van daders te onderzoeken"
-- Maarten Boudry, filosoof en auteur van ‘Illusies voor gevorderden. Of waarom waarheid altijd beter is’

"Een unieke inkijk in de rauwe werkelijkheid van moderne conflicten. Door journalistieke ervaring te combineren met wetenschappelijke inzichten toont Voeten aan hoe in hedendaagse samenlevingen oorlog en criminaliteit steeds verder vervlochten raken."
-- Martijn Kitzen historicus, politicoloog en voormalig militair. Auteur van ‘Oorlog onder de Mensen’

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In 1994, Voeten started a photo reportage on the underground homeless in New York. This short project became a long story and finally evolved in a book. In 1996, ‘Tunnelmensen’ was published in Amsterdam. It appeared in an updated and translated version in 2010 in the USA.

Voeten made two photo books: ‘A Ticket To’ (1999) a dark, somber book with black and white photos from the conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. ‘Narco Estado, Drug Violence in Mexico’ is a book where color photos depict the horrible violence.

After being nearly killed by doped up child soldiers in the civil war in Sierra Leone, Voeten wrote ‘How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone’ which appeared in the Netherlands (2000) and the USA (2002). A Chines translation is in the making.

His PhD research resulted in the academic publication ‘The Mexican Drug Violence Hybrid Warfare, Predatory Capitalism and the Logic of Cruelty’. and a Dutch journalistic book which will appear in September 2018.

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