Violence at the Urban Margins

Paperback | April 6, 2015

EditorJavier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, Nancy Scheper-hughes

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In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety - from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America - are dominated by members of the middle andupper-middle classes. However, a cursory count of the victims of urban violence in the Americas reveals that the people suffering the most from violence live, and die, at the lowest of the socio-symbolic order, at the margins of urban societies. The inhabitants of the urban margins are hardly ever heard in discussions about public safety. They live in danger but the discourse about violence and risk belongs to, is manufactured and manipulated by, others - others who are prone to view violence at the urban margins as evidence of a cultural,or racial, defect, rather than question violence's relationship to economic and political marginalization. As a result, the experience of interpersonal violence among the urban poor becomes something unspeakable, and the everyday fear and trauma lived in relegated territories is constantly muted anddenied. This edited volume seeks to counteract this pernicious tendency by putting under the ethnographic microscope - and making public - the way in which violence is lived and acted upon in the urban peripheries. It features cutting-edge ethnographic research on the role of violence in the lives of theurban poor in South, Central, and North America, and sheds light on the suffering that violence produces and perpetuates, as well as the individual and collective responses that violence generates, among those living at the urban margins of the Americas.

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In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety - from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America - are dominated by members of the middle andupper-middle classes. However, a cursory count...

Javier Auyero is Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor in Latin American Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Philippe Bourgois is the Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:April 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsKristine Kilanski and Javier Auyero: IntroductionSection 1: Shared Understandings1. Dennis Rodgers: The Moral Economy of Murder: Violence, Death, and Social Order in Nicaragua2. George Karandinos, Laurie Hart, Fernando Montero Castrillo, and Philippe Bourgois: The Moral Economy of Violence in the US Inner City3. Kevin Lewis O'Neill and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela: On the Importance of Having a Positive AttitudeSection 2: Gender and Masculinities4. Mo Hume and Polly Wilding: 'Es que para ellos el deporte es matar': Rethinking the scripts of violent men in El Salvador and Brazil5. Adam Baird: Duros and Gangland Girlfriends: Male Identity, Gang Socialisation and Rape in Medell!nSection 3: Being in danger, what do people do?6. Ana Villarreal: Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey7. Vercnica Zubillaga, Manuel Llorens, and John Souto: Chismosas and Alcahuetas: Being the mother of an empistolado within the everyday armed violence of a Caracas barrio8. Javier Auyero and Kristine Kilanski: Managing in the Midst of Social Disaster: Poor People's Responses to Urban Violence9. Alice Goffman: When the Police Knock Your Door InSection 4: Ethnographic positions and the politics of violence10. Randol Contreras: Standpoint Purgatorio: Liminal Fear and Danger in Studying the "Black and Brown" Tension in Los Angeles11. Nancy Scheper-Hughes: When the Rule of Law is Irrelevant: Death Squads and Vigilante Politics in Democratic North East BrazilPhilippe Bourgois: PostfaceNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This esteemed group of international scholars brings 'the margins' into the core of contemporary research. A compelling tour de force, Violence at the Margins takes us into the homes, streets, institutions and personal lives of those wielding, suffering, and combatting violence to shed lighton power/lessness across global expressions. Weaving together multidisciplinary perspectives, this book adds compelling depth and dimensionality to the literature working to understand violence and its alternatives in the world today." --Carolyn Nordstrom, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame