Adi�s Ni�o The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death

ISBN-10: 0822353156

ISBN-13: 9780822353157

Edition: 2013

Authors: Deborah T. Levenson

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InAdiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death, Deborah T. Levenson examines transformations in the Guatemalan gangs calledMarasbetween their emergence in the 1980s and the early 2000s. A historical study,Adiós Niñodescribes how fragile spaces of friendship and exploration turned into rigid and violent ones in which youth, and especially young men, came to employ death as a natural way of living for the short period that they expect to survive. Levenson relates the stark changes in theMarasto global, national, and urban deterioration; transregional gangs that intersect with the drug trade; and the Guatemalan military's obliteration of radical popular movements and of social imaginaries of solidarity. Part of Guatemala City's reconfigured social, political and cultural milieu, their members often trapped in Guatemala's growing prison system, the gangs are used to justify re-militarization in Guatemala's contemporary postwar, postpeace era. Portraying theMarasas microcosms of broader tragedies, and pointing out the difficulties faced by those youth who seek to escape the gangs, Levenson poses questions about the relationship between trauma, memory, and historical agency.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: The Rise and Fall of Tomorrow
Death and Politics, 1950s-2000s
1980s: The Gangs to Live For
1990s and Beyond: The Gangs to Die For
Democracy and Lock-Up
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