Globocops, La Frontera, and America’s War on Drugs

  • Marilyn Yaquinto


Chapter  7 has American crimefighters crossing the border, with films such as Black Rain about exported rogue behavior made worse by culture clashes. The chapter also explores border breaches with Mexico—often treated as another frontier awaiting American intervention. The Netflix series, Narcos, features agents at the start of the War on Drugs and the shift after Reagan became convinced communists were involved. Also included is Sicario and its sequel, which examine the contemporary context of the drug war and attempts to link it to the War on Terror, also inviting CIA participation. Finally, a comparative analysis of Traffic—and a subsequent TV series—both contrasted with the original British series that reveal national differences along with a post-9/11 mindset.

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  • Marilyn Yaquinto
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  1. 1.School of Social and Cultural StudiesTruman State UniversityKirksvilleUSA

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