Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America

  • Sebastian Huhn
  • Hannes Warnecke-Berger

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About this book


This book highlights historical explanations to and roots of present phenomena of violence, insecurity, and law enforcement in Central America. Violence and crime are among the most discussed topics in Central America today, and sensationalism and fear of crime is as present as the increase of private security, the re-militarization of law enforcement, political populism, and mano dura policies. The contributors to this volume discuss historical forms, paths, continuities, and changes of violence and its public and political discussion in the region. This book thus offers in-depth analysis of different patterns of violence, their reproduction over time, their articulation in the present, and finally their discursive mobilization.


Political violence History of violence Central America History of Crime Crime Insecurity Law enforcement Militarization Political Populism Mano dura policies Fear of crime

Authors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Huhn
    • 1
  • Hannes Warnecke-Berger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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