Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central by Sebastian Huhn, Hannes Warnecke-Berger

By Sebastian Huhn, Hannes Warnecke-Berger

This publication highlights ancient motives to and roots of current phenomena of violence, lack of confidence, and legislations enforcement in relevant the USA. Violence and crime are one of the so much mentioned subject matters in imperative the USA at the present time, and sensationalism and worry of crime is as current because the elevate of personal safety, the re-militarization of legislation enforcement, political populism, and mano dura guidelines. The members to this quantity talk about old types, paths, continuities, and alterations of violence and its public and political dialogue within the zone. This booklet hence deals in-depth research of alternative styles of violence, their copy through the years, their articulation within the current, and at last their discursive mobilization.

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40 At the same time, economic relations between maras and those transport companies are complicated and rife with tension. 41 Hence, the correlation between the drug trade and violence, and therefore the first set of evidence, is empirically false. 42 Only in the worst cases do drug traffickers resort to sicarios. This observation likewise applies to Central America. Taken together, in the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle, the correlation between the drug trade and high rates of homicides is false.

24, Colección Humanidades. Managua: UCA Publicaciones. Huntington, Samuel P. 1991. The Third Wave. Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century. Norman/London: University of Oklahoma Press. Karl, Terry L. 1990. Dilemmas of Democratization in Latin America. Comparative Politics 23(1): 1–21. Kay, Cristóbal. 2001. Reflections on Rural Violence in Latin America. Third World Quarterly 22(5): 741–775. ). 1999. Societies of Fear: The Legacy of Civil War, Violence and Terror in Latin America. London/New York: Zed Books.

Moreover, the Salvadorian civil war ended in 1992; in Guatemala, the civil war came to an end in 1996. In both cases, it is very unlikely that today’s violent actors were socialized by previous civil wars. Those youths socialized in the Salvadorian civil war that were 15 years old at the end of the war are today 38 years old. In the case of maras, youth gangs for which socialization is commonly held accountable for their evolution, in contrast, today members are much younger. Even in this light, the argument that ex-combatants are currently particular violent is incorrect.

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