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Dead-End Lives: Drugs and Violence in the City Shadows

Daniel Briggs and Rubén Monge Gamero


Welcome to the dead end of the city shadows in Valdemingómez on the outskirts of Madrid: a lawless landscape of drugs and violence where the third world meets the Wild West. Having had three national research proposals rejected, Briggs and Monge entered this area with no institutional support or formal funding. With only patience, some cigarettes and a mobile phone, they slowly gained the trust of those who live and visit one of Europe's most problematic ghettos, and collected images and testimonies from drug addicts, gypsies, residents, police, and harm-reduction staff. The result is this dis ... More

Keywords: Drugs, violence, ethnography, neoliberalism, politics, corruption, city, social and spatial exclusion, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447341680
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Briggs, author
British Foreign Office/Universidad Europea

Rubén Monge Gamero, author