By Andrea Varsori 4 April 2020 Introduction The current Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have wide-ranging impact on most academic fields within the social sciences. The study of urban and criminal violence is similarly likely to be affected. With economic and social activities coming to a standstill across cities, some criminal and insurgent groups see ...
- Prison Violence as Urban ViolenceBy Andrea Varsori 4 April 2020 Introduction The current Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have wide-ranging impact on most academic fields within the social sciences. The study of urban and criminal violence is similarly likely to be affected. With economic and social activities coming to a standstill across cities, some criminal and insurgent groups see […]
- Contesting Peace in the Postwar CityBy Ivan Gusic 26 February 2020 Postwar cities – i.e. cities which no longer experience war yet are still socio-politically contested – tend to be one of the most entrenched and volatile flash-points when societies transition from war to peace. These cities are often dangerous for citizens to live in; they tend to function either […]
- Thomas Abt – a Bold New Plan for Peace in the StreetsAn interview with Thomas Abt, author of Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence – and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets.
- Navigating Dahiyeh: Security in Lebanon’s Southern SuburbsBy Kelly Stedem. In this piece, I show how Hizbullah polices its neighborhoods, providing security and protection to local residents, while simultaneously undermining the role of the state in providing such security services. Insights into the local provision of policing are based on eight months of fieldwork conducted between 2017 and 2019, as well as observations made while working for local NGOs in South Beirut between 2011 and 2014.
- Medicalizing Conflict – The Risks of Public Health-Based Approaches to Conflict ResolutionBy Malte Riemann and Norma Rossi 10 November 2019 Medical approaches to violence prevention are progressively being adopted by various governmental and non-governmental actors around the globe. For example, the World Health Organization has made violence ‘a public health priority’ and centered its global strategy for violence prevention around the public health model; the World […]
- Chile: A tale of two countriesBy Lucía Dammert. Why have the Chileans taken to the streets? Chile has been a model for many Latin American countries. After 17 years of a cruel dictatorship, the Chilean political elite developed a democratic process that lowered poverty rates, consolidated economic growth and modernized urban infrastructure. However, during democratization the so-called
- Rage Against the Sectarian MachineBy Sara Fregonese. Lebanon’s protesters have looked beyond sectarianism. Now the state is closing its ranks.
- Ethnography as ‘Risky Business’By Kees Koonings, Dirk Kruijt, and Dennis Rodgers. Ethnography is an inherently rewarding but at the same time ‘risky’ research methodology: ‘high risk, high gain’. It is fraught with uncertainties, practical obstacles, challenges and pitfalls. Ethnographic researchers are unsure (or cannot and should not know beforehand) how it will work out and with what results.
- Ethnography and violenceBy Dennis Rodgers and Gareth A. Jones. Violence is a phenomenon that sheds bright light on the particularities of the relationship between ethnography as method and as writing. On the one hand, the methodological nature of ethnography means that ethnographers are inevitably forced to take on greater than normal moral and physical …
- Can soldiers solve Brazil’s crime problem?By Christoph Harig. Governments across the globe try to counter violent crime by deploying military forces. European countries such as Belgium and France have stepped up their armed forces’ internal anti-terror and policing role. Only recently, South Africa deployed troops in order to ‘help the police “restore law and maintain order”’ in …
- Evictions as Urban Violence: Karachi’s Violent Planning RegimeA child crawls on a pile of rubble that was formerly his home in Machar Colony, an informal settlement located in Karachi’s District West. Trapped by the debris and violence wrought on by Karachi’s latest evictions.
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