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Violence at the Urban Margins

Javier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes


This book examines the causes, forms, and experiences of urban violence in the Americas. It does so through a series of theoretically informed ethnographic analyses of the role that violence plays in the lives of the urban poor in South, Central, and North America. It pays particular attention to the role gangs, illicit drugs, and state responses to drug-dealing play in skyrocketing levels of violence, and to the responses ravaged communities devise to deal with them.

Keywords: violence, marginality, Americas, urban poor, war on drugs, gangs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190221447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Javier Auyero, editor
University of Texas at Austin

Philippe Bourgois, editor
University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, editor
University of California, Berkeley

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Kristine Kilanski and Javier Auyero

Part 1 Shared Understandings

Chapter 2 The Moral Economy of Violence in the US Inner City

George Karandinos, Laurie Kain Hart, Fernando Montero Castrillo, and Philippe Bourgois

Chapter 3 On the Importance of Having a Positive Attitude

Kevin Lewis O’Neill and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

Part 2 Gender and Masculinities

Part 3 Being in Danger, What Do People Do?

Chapter 7 Chismosas and Alcahuetas

Verónica Zubillaga, Manuel Llorens, and John Souto

Chapter 8 Managing in the Midst of Social Disaster

Javier Auyero and Kristine Kilanski

Part 4 Ethnographic Positions and the Politics of Violence


Philippe Bourgois

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