Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America

Authors: Huhn, Sebastian, Warnecke-Berger, Hannes

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of one of the most important social and political topics in Latina America today: violence and crime
  • Unlike competing titles, this is the first book to provide an in-depth historical background on the sources and changing nature of violence
  • Provides a unique focus on Central America as the most violent sub-region of Latin America
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This book highlights historical explanations to and roots of present phenomena of violence, insecurity, and law enforcement in Central America. Violence and crime are among the most discussed topics in Central America today, and sensationalism and fear of crime is as present as the increase of private security, the re-militarization of law enforcement, political populism, and mano dura policies. The contributors to this volume discuss historical forms, paths, continuities, and changes of violence and its public and political discussion in the region. This book thus offers in-depth analysis of different patterns of violence, their reproduction over time, their articulation in the present, and finally their discursive mobilization.

About the authors

Sebastian Huhn is Researcher and Lecturer at Osnabrueck University, Germany. His research focusses on Central American history, violence and crime in Central America and the Global South, and national identity, migration, and youth violence. His publications include several books and articles in English, Spanish, and German.

Hannes Warnecke-Berger is Junior Researcher at the Special Research Council 1199 at the University of Leipzig, Germany. His research touches on the political economy of development and focuses on violence in the Global South. He has conducted extensive field research in El Salvador, Belize, and Jamaica.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Enigma of Violent Realities in Central America: Towards a Historical Perspective

    Huhn, Sebastian (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • How to Explain and How Not to Explain Contemporary Criminal Violence in Central America

    Zinecker, Heidrun

    Pages 23-63

  • Of Pandillas, Pirucas, and Pablo Escobar in the Barrio

    Rodgers, Dennis

    Pages 65-84

  • Memories of Violence in the Salvadoran Civil War

    Ching, Erik

    Pages 85-111

  • Questioning the Crime Wave

    Huhn, Sebastian

    Pages 113-146

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eBook $129.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95067-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95066-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95067-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95067-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95066-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 330
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
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