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3 - Everyday Resistance

from Part II - Everyday Resistance and Piecemeal Vigilantism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 December 2021

Eduardo Moncada
Affiliation:
Barnard College, Columbia University
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Summary

This chapter traces two pathways to everyday resistance to criminal victimization. The first pathway takes place when criminal actors have long time horizons. The first part of the chapter illustrates this pathway by comparing four empirical cases across El Salvador and Mexico where victims favored everyday resistance because the criminal actors enjoyed positions of strength in the absence of state crackdowns or criminal competition and they provided victims with some goods and services. The second pathway takes place when victims favor ending victimization but lack the organizational capacity to mobilize collectively and face police that are captured by criminals. I illustrate the second pathway using a within-case analysis of resistance by informal vendors in Medellín who faced these conditions and thus pursued everyday resistance to contest the strategies of domination that the criminal actor invoked to enforce extortion, but which could not end victimization.

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Resisting Extortion
Victims, Criminals, and States in Latin America
, pp. 57 - 91
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Everyday Resistance
  • Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Book: Resisting Extortion
  • Online publication: 23 December 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108915328.003
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  • Everyday Resistance
  • Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Book: Resisting Extortion
  • Online publication: 23 December 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108915328.003
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  • Everyday Resistance
  • Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Book: Resisting Extortion
  • Online publication: 23 December 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108915328.003
Available formats
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