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Trajectories of Governance

Tracing the Entanglements of Order and Violence in Peripheral Cities of Latin America

By Viviana García Pinzón

Published

Jun 28, 2024

Page count

272 pages

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Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529236286

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2024

Page count

272 pages

Browse the series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529236309

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2024

Page count

272 pages

Browse the series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529236309

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Trajectories of Governance

Trajectories of Governance studies the complex dynamics of order-making, violence and governance in peripheral cities in Latin America from a comparative, historical and multi-scalar approach.

It aims to discover more about the drivers, contexts and uneven levels of violence through the case studies of Chalatenango and Sonsonate in El Salvador and Pereira and Tunja in Colombia.

Based on a multidisciplinary analytical framework, it explains why and how some peripheral cities have become the locus of violent orders, whereas others have managed to control violence, and to examine the role of violence in the workings of local governance.

“This book helps scholars of violence to see and understand what, for many of us, has been hiding in plain sight. Through rigorous, in-depth field research, García Pinzón highlights the complexity and dynamism of local orders, taking us away from famed cities like Rio de Janeiro or Medellín and instead into the streets of peripheral cities and into ecologies of violence and order.” Philip Johnson, Flinders University

“A refreshing and timely contribution to our understanding of drivers of urban violence that breaks disciplinary boundaries and offers useful tools to better grasp the complexity of this phenomenon and reimagine approaches to address it.” Alexandra Abello Colak, London School of Economics and Political Science

Viviana García Pinzón is Senior Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut (ABI) at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Associate at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies GIGA.

1.Introduction

2.Setting the Stage: Politics, Violence, and Peripheral Cities in Colombia and El Salvador

3.Trajectories of Governance: Ecologies, Citizenship, and Varieties of Order

4.Pereira: A Violent Order in a ‘Coffee Paradise’

5.Sonsonate: Violent Order and Local Governance

6.Chalatenango: Violence Contention and Governance in a Society-Led Order

7.Tunja: Local Governance in a State-Led Order

8.Conclusion