The Heckler and Koch G36 Assault Rifle illegally exported to Mexico. A Cultural Biography


Term Paper, 2021

10 Pages, Grade: 7


Abstract or Introduction

This paper follows the illegally exported G36 assault rifle from H&K to Mexico. Although the life-cycle of the rifle with its individual parts does not begin in Oberndorf/ Germany, but the raw materials and processing originate much earlier and elsewhere, the analysis of the commodity shall begin at the main headquarters of H&K AG. From here, decisions were made, and strings were pulled, which led to the export of weapons to Mexico. When tracing the object, it becomes clear that several interconnected actors are involved, different values and meanings are ascribed to the G36, various people benefit from its circulation, and, in addition to the economic level, the political and cultural levels also have an influence on the significance of the commodity.

To follow and analyze these significances, the cultural-biographical framework of Igor Kopytoff will shed light on the G36 as a commodity that has different meanings for different actors in different contexts and stages of its life. With this approach we can - in Kopytoff's own words - "make salient what might otherwise remain obscure". In the following (Section 2), Kopytoff's theoretical approach will be described and show how it can help analyze and unravel the trajectory of the G36. Following this, the results of the case study will be presented and the G36 will be examined as a commodity (Section 3). Finally, the conclusion (Section 4) summarizes the main findings and links them to the theoretical approach.

Details

Title
The Heckler and Koch G36 Assault Rifle illegally exported to Mexico. A Cultural Biography
College
Maastricht University  (Faculty of Social Science)
Course
Globalisation and Poverty: A Connected World
Grade
7
Author
Year
2021
Pages
10
Catalog Number
V1158505
ISBN (eBook)
9783346566768
Language
English
Keywords
Mexico, Cultural Biography, Heckler&Koch, Assault Rifle, illegal export
Quote paper
Isabel Thoma (Author), 2021, The Heckler and Koch G36 Assault Rifle illegally exported to Mexico. A Cultural Biography, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1158505

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