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NCJ Number: 184662 Find in a Library
Title: Colombia: Cocaine and the "Miracle" of Modernity in Medellin (From Cocaine: Global Histories, P 165-182, 1999, Paul Gootenberg, ed. -- See NCJ-184655)
Author(s): Mary Roldan
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Routledge
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Sale Source: Routledge
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Type: Historical Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This chapter focuses on the cultural impact and political and social consequences of narcotics trafficking during the last three decades in Medellin, Colombia.
Abstract: The essay examines the cocaine trade within the context of Medellin's 20th-century history, exploring how and why a hierarchical and paternalistic social and political order was challenged and to some extent transformed by the advent of cocaine in the early 1970's. The essay argues that, in the course of confronting such a challenge, cultural practices, beliefs and values in Medellin were altered in fundamental and intimate ways. The chapter examines the early years of the cocaine trade; the demise of traditional values; cocaine as catalyst for class struggle; cocaine's lessons; and State repression. On the surface it is hard to discern the violent traces of cocaine in Medellin. The assassinations, homicides and urban terror of the city during the late 1980's and early 1990's have been replaced with an eerie calm, and Medellin is considered a very chic, exciting, and desirable place to live. However, cocaine still runs the show at the city's "in" nightclubs, and cocaine salesmen are regarded as heroes who "[know] how to create employment." Primary sources, notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Cocaine; Colombia; Cultural influences; Drug regulation; Economic influences; Political influences; Social change; Social classes; Violence
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