Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico’s Disappeared

  • Starts3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • Ends4:45 pm on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Join us for a book talk by Janice K. Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. The subject of discussion will be Gallagher's 2022 book, Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico’s Disappeared (Oxford University Press).

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.

Fabiola de lachica, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) will respond. The event will be moderated by Ana Villarreal, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.

Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, 610 Commonwealth Avenue

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