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Professor Polit-Dueñas: New Volume On Violence in Latin America

Posted: December 4, 2011
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Professor Polit-Dueñas: New Volume On Violence in Latin America

Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America is the title of a volume recently published (New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2011) and co-edited by Gabriela Polit-Dueñas, a faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with María Helena Rueda (Smith College). This collection of essays addresses the proliferation of increasingly complex forms of violence, a situation now perceived to be both among the most pressing issues faced by Latin America in our times and a reality with multiple ramifications, marking the socio-political landscape of the region in decisive ways. This book examines not only the forms and the effects of violence but also the social acts that surround it and make it meaningful. Violence appears here as a natural yet dramatic manifestation of how individuals organize themselves in contemporary Latin America.

Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America brings together scholars from fields such as the social sciences, journalism, and the humanities; among them, Samuel Araujo (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil), Arturo Arias and Javier Auyero (The University of Texas at Austin), Herman Herlinghaus (University of Pittsburgh), Marta Peixoto (New York University), Maria Socorro Tabuenca  (The University of Texas at El Paso), Mary Roldán (Hunter College), Maria Victoria Uribe (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and Victor Vich (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú).

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