Violence at the Urban Margins

ISBN : 9780190221454

Javier Auyero; Philippe Bourgois; Nancy Scheper-Hughes
352 ページ
57 x 235 mm

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. However, 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.


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
Philippe Bourgois


Javier Auyero is Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.; Philippe Bourgois is a Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.; Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.