29 Apr '13, 7am

Social Banditry and the Public Persona of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán #MorningSWJ

has identified nine key aspects of a noble robber’s public image (as opposed to the true man) regarding his relations with the peasants who aspire for solidarity and identity. While Joaquín Guzmán is regarded by some Mexicans as usurping from the rich to give to the poor, he is envisioned more specifically as a cunning, ruthless, specifically Mexican international criminal entrepreneur who creates jobs for the poor and distributes considerable bribes to the rich while usurping from criminal rivals. Nonetheless, the observation that crime lords such as Guzmán attempt to bolster their public images with the prestige of social banditry has merit. To the extent that Guzmán wishes to consolidate the benefits of association with the romanticism of social banditry, and to the extent to which Mexican or Guatemalan state authorities and criminal rivals intend to prevent this, Hobsb...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/social-banditry-and-...

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