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A new understanding of urban violence, from the margins of Buenos Aires.


The state is in fact part of the production of this violence. People resort to violence to solve everyday problems in a context in which institutions that should be doing one thing are doing another. The labor market is not working, the school is not doing what it's supposed to do, and neither is the larger welfare state.

Sociologist Javier Auyero talks about exploring the links between acts of interpersonal violence in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Arquitecto Tucci, how rising inequality and state participation cause more violence than poverty itself, and why violence spreads outwards not like a disease, but an oil spill.

Javier is co-author (along with María Fernanda Berti) of In Harm's Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence from Princeton University Press.

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Javier Auyero

Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin.


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