Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities

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Even as violent crime has declined worldwide in recent decades, Latin American cities have remained dangerous—they are now among the most violent in the world. This book brings together a stellar roster of contributors to look at the causes and consequences, as well as the  possible solutions to the problem of urban violence in Latin America.

Using a framework of fragility and resilience, the contributors explore the ways that rapid urbanization—with its accompanying poverty and exclusion—has combined with the wide availability of firearms and a relatively young population to contribute to high rates of homicide and other violent crime. That violence in turn spurs calls for increased law enforcement, which itself often takes excessively aggressive form, wreaking havoc on already marginalized communities.  Featuring original fieldwork and case studies, this volume offers a fresh comparative approach to the issue that will be valuable to scholars and policy makers alike.

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Kees Koonings is associate professor of development studies on the Faculty of Social Sciences at Utrecht University and professor of Brazilian studies at the University of Amsterdam. Dirk Kruijt is professor emeritus of development studies on the Faculty of Social Sciences at Utrecht University.

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“Combining deep on-the-ground knowledge, clear writing, and balanced political and social analysis, this indispensable book throws new light on one of the most puzzling and seemingly intractable issues of twenty-first century Latin America.”
(Javier Auyero, author of In Harm's Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence)

“An important collection that calls attention not only to the fracture and fragility of Latin American cities, but to their resilience in responding to endemic violence and inequality. A valuable contribution sure to be embraced by scholars and students.”
(Daniel Goldstein, author of Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City)

“This crucially important volume focuses on the hope that is present in grassroots organizations, new forms of governance, and other nascent forms of resistance in the world's most violent urban spaces. . . . A volume with important policy implications for the development of urban spaces in Latin American and beyond. Highly recommended.” (Choice)

The diversity of case studies and the in-depth research of each of the authors reveal a multi-faceted image of Latin American cities, violence and insecurity, which calls for acknowledging the specific historical and local contexts. The latter is particularly necessary in order to address the structural factors that can reverse the trend of sustained and rising levels of crime and violence, drugs and organized crime that Latin American cities currently experience.” (Environment & Urbanization)

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