Ariadna, Estevez. “The politics of death in Mexico: dislocating human rights and asylum law through hybrid agents.” Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation 2013, 1


Estevez’s article focuses on the displacement of human rights in Mexico with the ongoing war on drugs declared by former president Felipe Calderon. Thousands and thousands of Mexicans have been caught in the crossfire and forced to live under gruesome circumstances, displaced from their homes, and forced to seek political asylum. This article mentions how the governmentalization of the Mexican state and the Mexican necropolitics dislocate those suffering from serious human rights violations. She develops three theses described throughout the article as to why the protective capacity of human rights discourse in the midst of extreme violence is hybrid.

Necropolitics is the use of political and social power to dictate the way that people must live and die. The thousands of killings, disappearances, and displacements may be the consequence of these necropolitics following the war on drugs. There is also the discussion of the Endriago system and how it is used as a conceptualization of why men use violence as a means of survival.  The first thesis of the article focuses on the idea that necropolitics is the third world counterpart of countries like the United States. The second two follow the discussion of biopolotics and the dislocation of the pillars of the politics of truth.

The author uses many sources to create a credible article that analyzes the necropolitics and governmentalization of the Mexican state’s war on drugs and their justification for violent crimes and the displacement of thousands seeking asylum. This takes a toll on the line between business and crime and the appearance of neopolitical hybrid entities. There are also other arguments about the biopolitics of human rights and their validity within the terms of asylum law.

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