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Frontmatter

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Illustrations

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p. vii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

It’s six o’clock on a weekday evening in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Radios in the colonias, barrios, and cantinas are tunedairwaves; it’s ‘‘Hour of the Corridos,’’ with ‘‘el Abuelo Chabelo’’(Grandfather Chabelo, a playful inversion of a popular Mexican television character, Chabelo, an adult dressed in children’s clothing...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

As always, there are more people to acknowledge in the production of a research manuscript than is possible in a brief acknowledgments section. I am ‘‘author’’ of this work only in a limited way—as the person who conceptualized, technically synthesized, and produced the work, even while the ideas, directions, and support came...

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Prologue: Narcocorridos and the Meaning of the Drug Trafficker Image on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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pp. 1-11

Woody Guthrie once asked, ‘‘Why do people set down and write great songs and ballads about their outlaws...and never about governors, mayors or police chiefs?’’¹ The answer is easy. An outlaw is someone ‘‘disgusted with trying to live decent in the rich man’s system,’’ who tries to ‘‘whip the world down to his size’’ and finds out...

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1. Corridos, Cultural Representations, and Poverty

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pp. 12-24

Before reviewing research results concerning the interpretation of narcocorridos and the construction of the narcotrafficker persona, let us consider some basic questions and issues. Assessing narcocorridos and their representations of the narcotrafficker is a useful study in the process of cultural-image construction ...

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2. Investigating Narcocorridos and Their Meaning in the U.S.-Mexico Border Context

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pp. 25-46

As a particular case in which some of the general concerns mentioned in Chapter 1 may be elucidated, the research on narcocorridos is intended as a preliminary investigation regarding their role, in combination with social conditions, in shaping the creation of a cultural archetype or persona—the narcotrafficker—and the ...

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3. Interpreting Narcocorridos

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pp. 47-103

Following the research plan (see Appendix 1), I collected interview and observation data in several domains, and I will report it here in a similar format: a brief narrative analysis of a sample of narcocorridos; listener interpretations; social context; the impact of mass media market on the nature of these corridos; and connections ...

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4. Narcocorridos and the Cultural Persona of the Narcotrafficker

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pp. 104-130

Using the data summarized in the previous chapter, we can now return to the research questions and draw some preliminary conclusions. First, are narcocorridos, and the narcotrafficker (narco) persona they feature, primarily a genre of representation that has arisen out of the world of the subaltern, the dispossessed, and the ...

Appendix 1. Research Methodology and Sample Interview Guides

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pp. 131-140

Appendix 2. Spanish Texts of Corridos and Narcocorridos

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pp. 141-161

Notes

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pp. 163-166

References

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pp. 167-174

Index

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pp. 175-190