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Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City

Anthony W. Fontes


Twenty years since the end of Central America’s longest and bloodiest civil war, Guatemala City is dominated by both the fact and fear of out-of-control crime. In powerful, haunting prose, Mortal Doubt takes readers inside the making of this new order of violence through the evolution of its most infamous emissary: the maras, or transnational gangs. While maras are widely blamed for the rise of peacetime crime, Anthony W. Fontes argues that they have, in fact, become key figures through which both Guatemalan and global society prop up a sense of order in the face of overwhelming uncertainties ... More

Keywords: Guatemala City, Central America, violence, crime, gangs, illicit networks, prisons, security, uncertainty, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297081
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony W. Fontes, author
American University