On Narco-Coyotaje: Illicit Regimes and Their Impacts on the U.S. – Mexico Border

Antipode, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2016

See all articles by Jeremy Slack

Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso

Howard John Campbell

University of Texas at El Paso

Date Written: July 4, 2016

Abstract

Many have debated whether or not human smugglers, known as coyotes, are involved with drug trafficking organizations. Scholars have largely rejected so-called “narcocoyotaje”, however; we hope to problematize this narrative by adding a new theoretical layer to the discussion. Namely, we explore the ways in which different criminal activities produce hierarchies and control illicit activities within the clandestine geography of the US – Mexico border. These “illicit regimes” operate against the State, creating a hierarchy that dominates other illicit activities in order to maximize profit, avoid detection and consolidate power. While other studies have explored the relationships between the State and illicit practices this article takes the relationship between two illicit industries as its object of study. Doing so will help us move past the simply binary question about whether or not coyotes are involved with drug cartels, and allows us to understand what is being produced by this relationship, and its consequences for everyone involved.

Keywords: Migration, drugs, human smuggling, cartels, violence, Mexico, border

Suggested Citation

Slack, Jeremy and Campbell, Howard John, On Narco-Coyotaje: Illicit Regimes and Their Impacts on the U.S. – Mexico Border (July 4, 2016). Antipode, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2804692

Jeremy Slack (Contact Author)

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
United States
9157476530 (Phone)

Howard John Campbell

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
148
Abstract Views
664
rank
230,451
PlumX Metrics