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VIOLENCE AND CRIME UNIVERSITY OF

OKLAHOMA PRESS

IN LATIN AMERICA FEBRUARY 2017


Representations and Politics $29.95 PAPER 978-0-8061-5574-6
336 PAGES, 6 X 9
Edited by Gema Santamara and David Carey Jr. 7 B&W ILLUS., 6 TABLES, 3 GRAPHS
LATIN AMERICA
Preface by Cecilia Menjvar Epilogue by Diane E Davis
Fifteen scholars explore the forces that
perpetuate violence in one of the worlds most violent regions

According to media reports, Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the worlda distinction it
held throughout the twentieth century. The authors of Violence and Crime in Latin America contend that
perceptions and representations of violence and crime directly impact such behaviors, creating profound
consequences for the political and social fabric of Latin American nations.

Written by distinguished scholars of Latin American history, sociology, anthropology, and political science,
the essays in this volume range from Mexico and Argentina to Colombia and Brazil in the twentieth and
twenty-first centuries, addressing such issues as extralegal violence in Mexico, the myth of indigenous
criminality in Guatemala, and governments selective blindness to violent crime in Brazil and Jamaica. The
authors in this collection examine not only the social construction and political visibility of violence and
crime in Latin America, but the justifications for them as well. Analytically and historically, these essays show how Latin American citizens
have sanctioned criminal and violent practices and incorporated them into social relations, everyday practices, and institutional settings. At
the same time, the authors explore the power struggles that inform distinctions between illegitimate versus legitimate violence.

Violence and Crime in Latin America makes a substantive contribution to understanding a key problem facing Latin America today. In its
historical depth and ethnographic reach, this original and thought-provoking volume enhances our understanding of crime and violence
throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Gema Santamara is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnolgico Autnomo de Mxico
in Mexico City. She has served as a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and as a consultant for the United Nations
Development Program. David Carey Jr. holds the Doehler Chair in History at Loyola University and is author of several books including
I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala and Engendering Mayan History: Kaqchikel Women as Agents and
Conduits of the Past. Cecilia Menjvar is Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Kansas University and author of Enduring
Violence: Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala. Diane E. Davis is Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism at
the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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