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Mortal DoubtTransnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City$
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Anthony W. Fontes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297081

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297081.001.0001

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Portrait of a “Real” Marero

Portrait of a “Real” Marero

(p.33) Chapter 1 Portrait of a “Real” Marero
Mortal Doubt

Anthony W. Fontes

University of California Press

Through the life history of a young man named Andy—a gang member who became a protected witness in the prosecution of a spectacular quadruple murder—chapter 2 explores the confused entanglements between memory, material violence, and mara myths in stories of gang violence. In this account of Andy’s life and death, the complex play between truth and rumor—the facts of the matter and the inventions of the imagination—illuminate the possibilities and pitfalls of the search for order in the midst of chaos. This chapter serves as an entrance into how the “all-pervading unpredictability” of violence shapes individual life histories, as well as the manner in which such histories can be told.

Keywords:   gangs, oral history, order, chaos, myth, death

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