Northwestern University

Thu 6:00 PM

The Transnational Moral Panic: Law & Order, Maras, & Free Trade In El Salvador

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Latina and Latino Studies Program   847.467.3980

Group: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Academic


Lecture by Steven Osuna, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach


This talk will discuss the development of a “transnational moral panic” over MS13 and the development of a racialized social marker: the marero. Through the development of social knowledge around this social marker, the marero has been labeled an alleged transnational security threat throughout North and Central America by the U.S. Government. It is a specter that embodies the race, class, and gendered anxieties produced by the contradictions of neoliberal racial capitalism.

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