Latin American urban violence as a development concern: Towards a framework for violence reduction

Caroline O N Moser, Cathy McIlwaine

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Abstract

Despite growing recognition of urban violence being a serious development constraint in Latin America, there is contestation concerning its categorization, underlying causes, costs and consequences, and violence-reduction solutions. This article seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of everyday violence in poor urban communities in terms of both ongoing analytical debates as well as operational solutions. Drawing on the research literature, as well as recent participatory urban appraisals of violence in Colombia and Guatemala, and Central American violence-reduction guidelines, it develops a framework to explain the holistic nature of violence and to provide operationally relevant methodological tools to facilitate cross-sectoral violence-reduction interventions. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-112
Number of pages23
JournalWorld Development
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Colombia
  • Guatemala
  • Latin America
  • Urban
  • Violence
  • Violence-reduction interventions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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