Los Ñetos in Search of Transformation

Law and Rules of Life in a Criminal Environment

Keywords: self-transformation, asceticism, conflict, power, gangster rules


Belonging to the gang Los Ñetas, it is in part observing a certain number of rules which are transcribed in the Liderato, the book of the Ñetas. These rules are accompanied of trials procedure, the mesas disciplinarias, and of sanctions for those transgressing them. Yet, while Ñetas have developed a complex legal order to resolve internal conflicts, trials are little used. Is the Ñetas rules little applied, or little effective? What is the nature of these rules? Can we speak of Ñetas Law? And what is its role, if it is not used in cases of conflict?

Author Biography

Martin Lamotte, CNRS

Martin Lamotte Anthropologist, CNRS research fellow and member of the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Politique (EHESS), Martin Lamotte works on criminal structures in the USA, Latin America and Europe.


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How to Cite
Lamotte, Martin. 2024. “Los Ñetos in Search of Transformation: Law and Rules of Life in a Criminal Environment”. Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology 29 (1):69-84. https://doi.org/10.36950/sjsca.2023.29.8901.