La violencia en los márgenes - Violence at the Margins
Posted: October 15, 2013
La violencia en los márgenes. Una maestra y un sociólogo en el conurbano bonaerense (Argentina: Katz Editores, 2013)
La violencia en los márgenes. Una maestra y un sociólogo en el conurbano bonaerense, a new book co-authored by Javier Auyero and María Fernanda Berti, was released by Katz Editores in June 2013.
Neglected suburbs of Buenos Aires are worlds of material and affect deprivation, universes where violence presents itself with brutal frequency, suffocating the daily life of the most dispossessed.
This is the reality that Javier Auyero, Professor in the Department of Sociology, and his coauthor, Argentinean school teacher Maria Fernanda Berti, inhabit in their pursuit of unique and compelling research.
Based on the stories and testimonies of students from a school located in the southern suburbs, and relying on numerous records obtained in the neighborhoods from three years of fieldwork, they examine the forms and uses of violence in the everyday life of the urban poor.
From the materials offered by the children and youth and ethnographic observation, the authors develop a radically new approach in their analysis which demonstrates how the various forms of violence, usually studied separately (gender, sex, police or criminal violence), are interwoven such that each one is the cause of the others. The surprising combination of fieldwork and reflection, observation and analysis, lived and expressed experience, makes this book one where distance is impossible, such that one cannot avoid getting involved, or walk away from it so easily. This work forces one to reread it, evoke it, and to comment on it.
"We've been there," write the authors, "at the school, in the neighborhood, in the community room, and now here we are trying to reconstruct what we have seen, heard and witnessed."