Coahuilan author Carlos Velázquez is one of the latest in a long line of Mexican writers who have portrayed intoxicated and addicted subjectivities in their country. Velázquez in particular centers addiction as part of a critique of the effects of neoliberal capitalism in northern Mexico. His work politicizes addiction by invoking the importance of social structures in its genesis through grotesque and dark sa?re as well as a self-conscious dialogue with metropolitan cultures that echoes that of much La?n American literature. In this way, his work transcends facile divisions between the “producing” Global South and “consuming” North and lays bare the essential relationship between capitalism and addiction in a manner that foregrounds Southern subjectivity and demands a say in the definition of what drugs, intoxication and addiction mean.
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Bisbey, Brandon, "Drugs And Addiction In The Work Of Carlos Velázquez" (2022). World Languages and Cultures Faculty Publications. 2.