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Frontera norte

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GOMEZ SAN LUIS, Anel Hortensia  and  ALMANZA AVENDANO, Ariagor Manuel. An Illegal Job? Critical Analysis of the Discourse on Drug Trafficking in Young People from Mexicali, Baja California.Translated byLuis Cejudo-Espinosa. Frontera norte [online]. 2021, vol.33, e2078.  Epub Sep 13, 2021. ISSN 2594-0260.

This study seeks to contribute to the understanding of discourses on drug trafficking made by young people from Mexicali, Baja California. Drug trafficking generates various ethical positions that encompass its acceptance, rejection, or ambivalence. The construction of their discourses is influenced by speeches produced by the government and entertainment media and by the degree of closeness to drug trafficking in everyday life. Discussion groups were held, and critical discourse analysis was carried out. Discourses about drug trafficking have implications for the incorporation of young people into the activity and its normalization in local contexts. It is recommended to research personal processes that promote the rejection of drug trafficking at an individual level, despite pragmatic acceptance that normalizes it in the community.

Keywords : drug trafficking; discourse; youth; northern Mexico; Mexicali; Baja California.

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