In a valley in the eastern foothills of the central Peruvian Andes, a wealth of cocaine once flowed. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, this valley experienced abrupt rises in fortune, reckless corruption, and the brutality of those who sought to impress their own brand of order. When this era of cocaine came to a close, the legacy of its violence continued to mold people’s perceptions of time through local storytelling practices.

Coca’s Gone examines the tense, depressed social terrain of Peru’s Upper Huallaga Valley in the wake of a twenty-year cocaine boom. This compelling book conveys stories of the lived reality of jolted social worlds and weaves a fascinating meditation on the complex interrelationships between violence, law, and time. Buy it on Amazon.

Publication Details

Coca’s Gone Of Might and Right in the Huallaga Post-Boom
Kernaghan, Richard
Stanford University / Stanford University Press
Publish Date
June 2009
Kernaghan, Richard, Coca's Gone Of Might and Right in the Huallaga Post-Boom (Stanford University / Stanford University Press, June 2009).