Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781780324562 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780324579 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities

Edited by Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt

Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities

Edited by Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781780324562 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780324579 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Table of Contents

About the Contributors

1. Urban Fragility and Resilience in Latin America. Conceptual Approaches and Contemporary Patterns
Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt

2. Exclusion, Violence, and Resilience in Five Latin American Megacities: A Comparison of Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo
Dirk Kruijt and Kees Koonings

3. Caracas: From Heaven's Branch to Urban Hell
Roberto Briceño-León

4. Bogota: Countering Violence with Urban Government
Alan Gilbert

5. San Salvador: Violence and Resilience in Gangland: Coping with the Code of the Street
Wim Savenije and Chris van der Borgh

6. San José: Urban Expansion, Violence and Resilience
Abelardo Morales Gamboa

7. Kingston: Violence and Resilience
Rivke Jaffe

8. Santo Domingo: Criminogenic Violence and Resilience
Lilan Bobea

Bibliography
Review Quotes
Javier Auyero, author of In Harm's Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence
“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.”
Daniel Goldstein, author of Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City
“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.”
Choice
“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.”
Environment & Urbanization
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.”
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