Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

EditorGabriela Polit Dueñas, María Helena Rueda

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This volume addresses the proliferation of increasingly complex forms of violence, a situation now perceived to be both among the most pressing issues faced by Latin America in our times and a reality with multiple ramifications, marking the socio-political landscape of the region in decisive ways. With contributions by scholars from various fields (the social sciences, journalism, and the humanities), this book examines not only the manifestations and the effects of violence but also the social acts that surround it and make it meaningful. Violence appears here as a natural yet dramatic manifestation of how individuals organize themselves in contemporary Latin America.

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This volume addresses the proliferation of increasingly complex forms of violence, a situation now perceived to be both among the most pressing issues faced by Latin America in our times and a reality with multiple ramifications, marking the socio-political landscape of the region in decisive ways. With contributions by scholars from v...

Gabriela Polit Dueñas is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published Cosas de hombres: Escritores y caudillos en la narrativa latinoamericana del siglo XX (2008), and Crítica literaria ecuatoriana: Hacia un nuevo siglo (2001). Her new book, tentatively called Fictions of ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 8.62 × 5.82 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Against Violence and Oblivion: The Case of Colombia’s Disappeared--María Victoria Uribe * Txitzi’n for the Poxnai: Indigenous Women’s Discourses on Revolutionary Combat--Arturo Arias * Facing Unseen Violence: Ex-combatants Painting the War in Colombia--María Helena Rueda * Considerations on Violence, the Global South, and an Aesthetics of Sobriety--Hermann Herlinghaus * Urban Violence and the Politics of Representation in Recent Brazilian Film--Marta Peixoto * Ciudad Juarez, Femicide, and the State--Socorro Tabuenca * Chronicles of Everyday Life in Culiacan--Gabriela Polit * Ricardo Wiesse’s Cantutas--Victor Vich * The Sounds of Violence: Critical Perspectives from Contemporary Brazil--Samuel Araújo * (In)visible Connections and the Makings of Collective Violence--Javier Auyero and Matt Mahler * Fuerte Apache--Cristian Alarcón

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"This book addresses some of the most important topics on violence throughout the Americas. It constitutes a good reader for students to learn what violence has brought to the continent and to decide what are the networks of meaning violence relates to." --Prof. Ileana Rodríguez, Humanities Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University