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Construyendo Inseguridades. Aproximaciones a la violencia en Centroamérica desde el análisis del discurso

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  • Sebastian Huhn

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    (GIGA Institute for Ibero-American Studies)

  • Anika Oettler

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    (GIGA Institute for Ibero-American Studies)

  • Peter Peetz

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    (GIGA Institute for Ibero-American Studies)

Abstract

En todos los países de Centroamérica se está llevando a cabo una lucha de definición, interpretación y clasificación entorno al campo temático de la violencia, la delincuencia y la (in)seguridad. Y aunque esta lucha tenga consecuencias políticas y sociales sumamente relevantes, no ha sido objeto de un análisis sistemático. Este artículo evalúa el estado del arte y, basándose en reflexiones metodológicas, resalta el aporte de investigaciones cualitativas a nivel de barrio viceversa estudios cuantitativos a nivel nacional o regional. En un segundo paso, tomando el discurso sobre las pandillas juveniles centroamericanas como ejemplo, se muestra que no son los fenómenos de violencia en sí que desatan histerias de inseguridad o que provocan la implementación de políticas criminales represivas. Más bien, la percepción de y las reacciones a la inseguridad y la violencia se basan en discursos sociales acerca de estos fenómenos.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 34.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:34

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Keywords: Central America; violence; delinquency; insecurity; discourse analysis;

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  1. World Bank, 2010. "Crime and Violence in Central America : A Development Challenge - Executive Summary," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2979, The World Bank.
  2. Otto Argueta, 2010. "Private Security in Guatemala:The Pathway to Its Proliferation," GIGA Working Paper Series 144, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

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