Observing, Analyzing & Understanding Dynamics of Violence in Mexico & Central America through Qualitative Research
In the past 20 years, and in parallel to rising homicide rates in the region, we have witnessed an explosion in writing on violence in Mexico & Central America. Yet, a large proportion of this academic, journalistic and ‘expert’ work, as well as national and regional security policies, are characterized by the distance – both physical and analytical – that they maintain from the local realities that affect the region.
Because of this distance, as well as a strong normative stance on ‘criminal violence’, one can observe a lack of understanding around the local dynamics of security, governance and (dis)order.
Our program will address this situation by producing knowledge based on independent, original, and field-based research. And in order to disseminate this knowledge to the broadest audience, our program gathers researchers, journalists, cartographers and photographers who will launch long-term research projects on:
- Social Dynamics of Violence, Political Orders, and Criminal Organizations
- Migration, Displacement, and Forced Disappearances
- Public Security Policies, Drugs Policy, and State Governance
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