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Estudios atacameños

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Abstract

RIS0R, Helene. CLAUSURAS DE BARES Y CANTINAS: SEGURIDAD CIVIL, LABOR POLICIAL Y ESTADO EN BOLIVIA URBANA. Estud. atacam. [online]. 2017, n.54, pp.259-274.  Epub Feb 02, 2016. ISSN 0718-1043.

Based on an ethnography of a protest against (illegal) bars and brothels in the city center of El Alto the chapter focuses on the relationship between practices of civilin/security, police work and state formation in urban Bolivia. The analysis of the local police-citizen relations illustrates how peoples experiences with civil in/security are entangled with understandings and practices of state hood and citizenship. The article illustrates how marginalized populations' claims on substantial citizenship can take theform of ilegal actions. Yet, the ethnography also indicates how state institutions depend upon the citizens(illegal) order making activities to ensure people's safety and public order and hence how community groups may enact 'stateness themselves. It is thus argued that activities that appear as defiance of state authority and sovereignty might also work as state enhancing and state transforming activities.

Keywords : Citizens; State; youth; protests; politics; alcohol.

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