Fractured Cities by Kees Koonings
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Fractured Cities
By Kees Koonings

Fractured Cities

Social Exclusion, Urban Violence and Contested Spaces in Latin America

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Fractured Cities by Kees Koonings

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As cities sprawl across Latin America, absorbing more and more of its people, crime and violence have become inescapable. From the paramilitary invasion of Medell!n in Colombia, the booming wealth of crack dealers in Managua, Nicaragua and police corruption in Mexico City, to the glimmers of hope in Lima, this book provides a dynamic analysis of urban insecurity. Based on new empirical evidence, interviews with local people and historical contextualization, the authors attempts to shed light on the fault-lines which have appeared in Latin American society. Neoliberal economic policy, it is argued, has intensified the gulf between elites, insulated in gated estates monitored by private security firms, and the poor, who are increasingly mistrustful of state-sponsored attempts to impose order on their slums. Rather than the current trend towards government withdrawal, the situation can only be improved by co-operation between communities and police to build new networks of trust. In the end, violence and insecurity are inseparable from social justice and democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842777312
ISBN-10: 1842777319
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 153mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Featuring original fieldwork across a broad array of case studies, this cutting edge volume focuses on questions not only of crime and insecurity, but also of Latin American cities' ability to creatively and productively respond to these problems.

Brazil Under the Worker's Party by Kees Koonings Brazil Under the Worker's Party, Hardback (October 2014)

This edited collection interprets and assesses the transformation of Brazil under the Workers' Party. It addresses the extent of the changes the Workers' Party has brought about and examines how successful these have been, as well as how continuity and social change in Brazil have affected key domains of economy, society, and politics.

Megacities by Kees Koonings Megacities, Paperback (November 2009)

'Megacities' around the world are becoming the scene for deprivation and exclusion. This book examines world-wide trends in poverty, social exclusion, and urban violence.

Armed Actors by Kees Koonings Armed Actors, Paperback (October 2004)

This volume deals with the threat to democracy and the rule of law posed by organised violence in Latin America.

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Author Biography - Kees Koonings

Kees Koonings is Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University. Dirk Kruijt is Professor of Development Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University.

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