Addressing an Ambivalent Relationship: Policing and the Urban Poor in Mexico City

Cover: Journal of Latin American Studies

Cover: Journal of Latin American Studies

Markus-Michael Müller – 2012

This article analyses citizen–police relations in the marginalised Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa. It demonstrates that despite predominantly negative perceptions about and experiences with the police, local residents do not abandon state institutions as security providers. The article claims that as formal and informal access to the legal and coercive powers of the police provides an important resource for local residents needing to resolve individual or collective security problems and conflicts in their favour, local police forces continue to be addressed and imagined by residents as relevant security actors.

Title
Addressing an Ambivalent Relationship: Policing and the Urban Poor in Mexico City
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Location
Cambridge
Keywords
Mexico, state, local actors, policing, security, Research Project C3
Date
2012-05
Identifier
ISSN 0022-216X
Appeared in
Journal of Latin American Studies, 44 (2), 319-345.
Language
eng
Type
Text