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Dead-End LivesDrugs and Violence in the City Shadows$
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Daniel Briggs and Rubén Monge Gamero

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341680

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.001.0001

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Life in the city shadows: Work, identity and social status

Life in the city shadows: Work, identity and social status

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(p.129) 6 Life in the city shadows: Work, identity and social status
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Dead-End Lives
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Daniel Briggs

Rubén Monge Gamero

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.003.0006

Valdemingómez, however, revolves around its own norms and codes which defy and violate conventional everyday conceptions of normative behaviour. This congregation of crime, violence and victimization in a spatial and legal no-mans land like Valdemingómez means that grave misdemeanours occur without consequences and violence is normalized part of the everyday fabric of social life. For this reason, in Valdemingómez almost anything goes and this produces a series of tensions in the social hierarchies that are attached to cultural interactions in the area which permeate elements of work and labour, the moral economy, daily life and social relations. In this chapter, we take a detailed look at the cultural milieu of Valdemingómez and its operations, and show how people survive there and how the various players attempt to foster some self-respect from these harsh realities.

Keywords:   Work, identity, social status, hierarchy, “machaca”

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