Violence at the Urban Margins

Author:   Javier Auyero ,  Philippe Bourgois ,  Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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Pages:   352
Publication Date:   14 May 2015
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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 and upper-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 and denied. 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 the urban 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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Author:   Javier Auyero ,  Philippe Bourgois ,  Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 5.70cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.464kg
ISBN:  

9780190221454


ISBN 10:   0190221453
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   14 May 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Kristine Kilanski and Javier Auyero Section 1: Shared Understandings Chapter One: The Moral Economy of Murder: Violence, Death, and Social Order in Nicaragua Dennis Rodgers Chapter Two: The Moral Economy of Violence in the US Inner City George Karandinos, Laurie Hart, Fernando Montero Castrillo, and Philippe Bourgois Chapter Three: On the Importance of Having a Positive Attitude Kevin Lewis O'Neill and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela Section 2: Gender and Masculinities Chapter Four: 'Es que para ellos el deporte es matar': Rethinking the scripts of violent men in El Salvador and Brazil Mo Hume and Polly Wilding Chapter Five: Duros and Gangland Girlfriends: Male Identity, Gang Socialisation and Rape in Medellin Adam Baird Section 3: Being in danger, what do people do? Chapter Six: Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey Ana Villarreal Chapter Seven: Chismosas and Alcahuetas: Being the mother of an empistolado within the everyday armed violence of a Caracas barrio Veronica Zubillaga, Manuel Llorens, and John Souto Chapter Eight: Managing in the Midst of Social Disaster: Poor People's Responses to Urban Violence Javier Auyero and Kristine Kilanski Chapter Nine: When the Police Knock Your Door In Alice Goffman Section 4: Ethnographic positions and the politics of violence Chapter Ten: Standpoint Purgatorio: Liminal Fear and Danger in Studying the Black and Brown Tension in Los Angeles Randol Contreras Chapter Eleven: When the Rule of Law is Irrelevant: Death Squads and Vigilante Politics in Democratic North East Brazil Nancy Scheper-Hughes Postface Philippe Bourgois Notes Bibliography Index

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Violence at the Urban Margins is an excellent collection of cutting-edge ethnography on the brutality of everyday life in impoverished areas across the Americas. Auyero, Bourgois, and Scheper-Hughes are among the greatest contemporary scholars of violence, and here they've assembled work from the most important new voices in the field. It's an excellent resource for students, faculty, and anyone else interested in understanding the lived experience of urban outcasts in an increasingly unequal world Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, New York University 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 light on 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 Violence at the Margins sets the tone for powerful anthropological interpretations of brutality, fear, and suffering among the poor and marginalised populations of North and South America. Howard Campbell, Anthropological Forum


Violence at the Urban Margins is an excellent collection of cutting-edge ethnography on the brutality of everyday life in impoverished areas across the Americas. Auyero, Bourgois, and Scheper-Hughes are among the greatest contemporary scholars of violence, and here they've assembled work from the most important new voices in the field. It's an excellent resource for students, faculty, and anyone else interested in understanding the lived experience of urban outcasts in an increasingly unequal world. -Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, New York University 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 light on 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


Author Information

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 & Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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