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Tepito y la Ciudad de México desde el “tercer espacio” de Ingobernable

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Luis Javier Cintrón-Gutiérrez

University at Albany Albany NY, US
About Luis
Luis Javier Cintrón-Gutiérrez is a Ph.D. Student of Latin American Cultural Studies at SUNY - University at Albany. Prior to coming to Albany, he received a Master's in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Him current research focuses on Narco-culture, Marginality, spaces and Inner City in the Contemporary Transnational Hispanic Caribbean. Luis has taught in LACS and the Department of Language, Literature and Culture at UAlbany. Previously, his served as a Research Assistant at the UPRRP’s Center for Social Research, the UPRM’s Center for Applied Social Research and UPRM’s Center for Interdisciplinary Costal Studies.
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El periodo desde mediados del siglo XX hasta el presente en América Latina y el Caribe ha representado una etapa histórica, aunque con varios desaciertos, que ha desatado grandes transformaciones sociales y económicas. Una de ellas es el fortalecimiento del narcotráfico como estructura de inserción económica y social de sectores marginales y como estructura de valor social y moral. Para este trabajo, voy a analizar cómo la estructura del narcotráfico, definida por Rossana Reguillo como la “narcomáquina”, incide en recrear espacios. Aquí se precisa espacio como una instancia imaginaria y real definido por la mediación de elementos del sistema político, económico, histórico y social. El espacio que se analiza es el barrio Tepito, una comunidad en la Ciudad de México (CDMX) que históricamente ha estado narrada por parte del Estado como un espacio problemático, pero que encuentra otra caracterización en la serie de Netflix Ingobernable (2017). El drama político protagonizado por la actriz mexicana Kate del Castillo gira en torno a la figura de la primera dama de un México contemporáneo marcado por la guerra contra el narcotráfico y otros conflictos políticos.

The period from mid-twentieth century until the present in Latin America and the Caribbean has represented a historical stage, though with several missteps, that has unleashed great social and economic transformations. One of these missteps has been the strengthening of drug trafficking as a structure for economic and social integration of marginal sectors and as a structure of social and moral value. In this article, I will analyze the structure of drug trafficking, defined by Rossana Reguillo as a “narcomáquina,” and how it affects the definition of space. Space is considered here as an imaginary and real instance defined by the mediation of elements of the political, economic, historical, and social systems. The space analyzed is the Tepito neighborhood, a community in Mexico City that has historically been configured by the state as a “problematic space.” This article studies Tepito and how it is portrayed in the Netflix series Ingobernable (2017), a political drama starring the Mexican actress Kate del Castillo that revolves around the figure of the first lady of Mexico and the nation immersed in the middle of the war on drugs and other political conflicts.

How to Cite: Cintrón-Gutiérrez, L.J., 2020. Tepito y la Ciudad de México desde el “tercer espacio” de Ingobernable. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 4(1), pp.142–158. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/marlas.231
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Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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