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date: 04 July 2022

Criminal Governance in Latin Americalocked

Criminal Governance in Latin Americalocked

  • Jorge MantillaJorge MantillaCriminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  •  and Andreas E. FeldmannAndreas E. FeldmannLatin American and Latino Studies Program, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary

Criminal governance understood as the regulation of social order, including informal or illegal economies through the establishment of formal and informal institutions that replace, complement, or compete with the state and distribute public goods (e.g., social services, justice, and security) is an expanding area of inquiry in the field of criminology. This analysis, which centers on Latin America, a region beset by this problem, unpacks specific dimensions of this concept including the overlap between the state and criminal orders, the relationship between violence and consent, and violence management through selective forms of enforcement. In so doing it sheds light on how changes in the architecture of governance of many underprivileged communities across the world, but especially in the Global South, is affecting in critical ways the lives and wellbeing of millions of individuals. The discussion underscores the need to reinforce interdisciplinary work linking criminology and other disciplines (e.g., political science, sociology, law, anthropology) as a way to enhance our understanding of the profound impact that criminal governance orders have on the political and social dimensions of contemporary societies.

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  • International Crime

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