Understanding Gangs in Contemporary Latin America

Forthcoming in Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz (eds.), Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses, New York: Wiley, 2015

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2014 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014

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Dennis Rodgers

University of Glasgow - School of Social and Political Studies

Adam Baird

Coventry University - Centre for Peace and Reconcilation Studies

Date Written: July 22, 2014

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the current knowledge base about Latin American gangs, drawing principally on studies based on primary empirical research. It begins by focusing on the two most developed bodies of work, respectively on Central American and Brazilian gangs, before then considering the emergent literature on Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela. A number of long-standing, important cross-cutting themes are identified, as well as several new emergent ones, and a tentative agenda for future research proposed.

Keywords: Gangs, Latin America, Central America, Brazil, violence, crime, youth, drugs

JEL Classification: K42, N46

Suggested Citation

Rodgers, Dennis and Baird, Adam, Understanding Gangs in Contemporary Latin America (July 22, 2014). Forthcoming in Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz (eds.), Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses, New York: Wiley, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469973

Dennis Rodgers (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow - School of Social and Political Studies ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom

Adam Baird

Coventry University - Centre for Peace and Reconcilation Studies ( email )

Priory Street
Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom

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