The Politics of Violence in Latin America

Edited by Pablo Policzer and Michelle Bonner and Andreas E. Feldmann and Francisco Guterrez Sanin and J. Patrice McSherry and Anthony W. Pereira and Pablo Piccato and Jennifer Schirmer

© 2019

Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. It has suffered waves of repressive authoritarian rule, organized armed insurgency and civil war, violent protest, and ballooning rates of criminal violence. But is violence hard-wired into Latin America? This is a critical reassessment of the ways in which violence in Latin America is addressed and understood. Previous approaches have relied on structural perspectives, attributing the problem of violence to Latin America's colonial past or its conflictual contemporary politics. Bringing together scholars and practitioners, this volume argues that violence is often rooted more in contingent outcomes than in deeply embedded structures. Addressing topics ranging from the root sources of violence in Haiti to kidnapping in Colombia, from the role of property rights in patterns of violence to the challenges of peacebuilding, The Politics of Violence in Latin America is an essential step towards understanding the causes and contexts of violence-and changing the mechanisms that produce it.
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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.5in x 9.0in
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The Politics of Violence in Latin America

Edited by Pablo Policzer and Michelle Bonner and Andreas E. Feldmann and Francisco Guterrez Sanin and J. Patrice McSherry and Anthony W. Pereira and Pablo Piccato and Jennifer Schirmer

© 2019

Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. It has suffered waves of repressive authoritarian rule, organized armed insurgency and civil war, violent protest, and ballooning rates of criminal violence. But is violence hard-wired into Latin America? This is a critical reassessment of the ways in which violence in Latin America is addressed and understood. Previous approaches have relied on structural perspectives, attributing the problem of violence to Latin America's colonial past or its conflictual contemporary politics. Bringing together scholars and practitioners, this volume argues that violence is often rooted more in contingent outcomes than in deeply embedded structures. Addressing topics ranging from the root sources of violence in Haiti to kidnapping in Colombia, from the role of property rights in patterns of violence to the challenges of peacebuilding, The Politics of Violence in Latin America is an essential step towards understanding the causes and contexts of violence-and changing the mechanisms that produce it.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.5in x 9.0in
Masterfully edited. In interrogating the causes and consequences of violence, the volume offers a rebuke to fatalism and predeterminism. Instead, by critically examining the emergent properties of violence, the volume shines a light on the remarkable possibilities of human agency, resistance and resilience. - Robert Muggah, Co-Founder and Research Director, Igarapé Institute
Pablo Policzer is an associate professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Repression in Chile, a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title and winner of the CPSA Award for Best Book in Canadian Comparative politics.

Introduction

Structural Vs. Contingent Violence in Latin America
Pablo Policzer

Part I

Making Sense of Haiti's State Fragility and Violence: Combining Structure and Contingency?
Andreas E. Feldmann

Operation Condor as International System of State Violence and Terror: A Historical Structural Analysis
J. Patrice McSherry

Part II

Written on Black and Red: Murder as a Communicative Act in Mexico
Pablo Piccato

Protest and Police 'Excess' in Chile: The Limits of Social Accountability
Michelle Bonner

The Police Ombudsman in Brazil as a Potential Mechanism to Reduce Violence
Anthony W. Pereira

Democracy, Threat, and Repression: Kidnapping and Repressive Dynamics during the Colombian Conflict
Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín

To End the War in Colombia: Conversatorios Among Security Forces, Ex-Guerrillas, and Political Elites, and Ceasefire Seminars for the Technical Sub-Commission
Jennifer Schirmer