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Towards a Philosophy of Narco Violence in Mexico


  • Provides a lively insight into one of Mexico's most pressing social issues

  • Takes a novel approach to analysis, investigating both the cultural and socio-political factors influencing the debate

  • Offers an accessible way of understanding this issue within its unique Mexican context


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 1-12
  3. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 13-46
  4. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 47-70
  5. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 71-98
  6. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 99-131
  7. Amalendu Misra
    Pages 133-156
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 157-179

About this book


This book explores the politics of narco-killing and public attitudes to violence and death in the Mexican Drug War. It examines questions such as the culture of human sacrifice, the religious principles that sanction egregious violence and most importantly the society’s complex response strategies towards such violence. Primarily a philosophical reflection, this study nonetheless uses anthropological, architectural and sociological methods to provide an interdisciplinary explanation to the visceral, commonplace violence taking place in contemporary Mexico.


drugs war la santa muerte mexico violence killing anthropology crime criminology Moral morality philosophy Polis politics social philosophy social science society sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Amalendu Misra teaches at Lancaster University, UK and  the University of Lisbon, Portugal. His previous works include The Landscape of Silence: Sexual Violence Against Men in War (2015); Politics of Civil Wars (2009); Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence (2004); and Identity & Religion (2004).

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