This edited volume seeks to develop a holistic account of Latin American cities, one that can integrate discussions of violence and insecurity with analyses of civic engagement and innovative social mobilizations, themes that are too often explored in isolation. As editors Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt explain, the volume's goal is to explore the interplay of urban fragility (i.e., vulnerability to violence) and urban resilience (i.e., the capacity to create alternative, nonviolent spaces and practices), investigating them as “mutually constitutive processes” that combine to shape the dynamics of urban life (2). In this effort, they construct a typology of “resilience” that extends from “coping” with violence to combatting it in ways that promote a positive “transformation” of the entire social system. Volume contributors apply this resilience typology, which encompasses individual and institutional behaviors as well as the qualities of the entire “urban system,” to the relatively understudied cities of Caracas, Bogotá, San Salvador, San José, Kingston, and Santo Domingo. Although the editors admittedly do not provide a “fully rigorous ‘structured’ or ‘focused’ comparison of the six city cases” (24), they pair the South American, Central American, and Caribbean capitals together in ways that illuminate surprising trends in the structural
Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Anthropology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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