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Order and insecurity under the mara: violence, coping, and community in Guatemala City

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Drawing on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in a poor and notorious neighbourhood, this dissertation examines how evolving dynamics of urban violence have affected life in a Guatemala City gang territory.

The maras of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—the gangs that help give these countries some of the world's highest homicide rates—have changed dramatically in their group cultures and criminal economies since they appeared in the 1990s. I trace what I call the mara's pr...

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Department:
University of Oxford
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Supervisor
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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