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- DescriptionCentral American nations have recently had the highest per capita homicide rates in the world-surpassing the per capita death toll even in war-torn countries like Iraq and Afghanistan-and gang violence has been the dominant explanation for this tragic state of affairs. But why has gang activity become endemic in the region? Photojournalist Donna De Cesare began covering Central America during the civil wars of the 1980s, focusing especially on the disrupted lives of children and youths, and continued her photography project in Central American refugee communities in the United States in the 1990s and postwar Central America in the 2000s. She documents a history of repression, violence, and trauma, in which gangs are as much a symptom as a cause of trauma, trapped as they are by social neglect. With profound empathy for a reality that is too easily defined and dismissed as repugnant, Unsettled/Desasosiego takes us on a visual journey into the lives of children deeply affected by civil war and gang violence. De Cesare's photographs and bilingual personal narrative trace the evolution and expansion of the torious 18th Street and Mara Salvatrucha gangs from the barrios of Los Angeles to the shanties of Central America. They show how decades of war and violence-as well as the illegal drug trade-have created a culture that allows gangs to flourish. At the same time, her photographs portray the humanity of gang members and their families, encouraging us to understand the lives of youths at the margins and to take responsibility for the consequences of political and social actions that have ruptured Central American society for generations.
- Author BiographyA recipient of numerous honors, including National Press Photographers Association awards, the Dorothea Lange Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mother Jones Award for Social Documentary Photography, and a Fulbright Fellowship, Donna De Cesare is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Her photography has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France; Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City; the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou, China; the Museo Tecleno in El Salvador; the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor in Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Urban Ethnography Lab. He is the author of five previous books, including the award-winning Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (with Debora Swistun).
- Author(s)Donna de Cesare
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2013
- LanguageEnglish & Spanish
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note105 duotones
- Weight1424 g
- Width276 mm
- Height274 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Translated byJavier Auyero
- Foreword byFred Ritchin
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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