Congratulations to Professor Janice Gallagher from the Department of Political Science for presenting her new book titled Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico's Disappeared. On October 18 at Rutgers Newark, Professor Gallagher, along with Nancy Rosette, the mother of Elvis Axell, who disappeared in 2010, presented the book and discussed the important eye-opening themes.
Since 2006, more than 85,000 people have disappeared in Mexico. Disappeared people are rarely found, and the Mexican state almost never investigates or prosecutes those responsible. Despite this, people not only continue to report disappearances, but many devote their lives to answering the question, “Where are they?” In Bootstrap Justice, Janice Gallagher leverages over a decade of ethnographic research to explain what enables the sustained mobilization of family members of the disappeared and analyze how configurations of political power between state and criminal actors shape what is possible for them to achieve. Following three families whose lives have been upended by the disappearance of their loved ones, Bootstrap Justice offers a unique window into how citizens respond to weak and corrupt institutions.
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