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Globalization, Violence and Security

Local Impacts of Regional Integration


Edited By Shirlita Espinosa and Antonella Fazio

This collection is a great contribution to the field of violence and security studies. It presents six comparative, cross-regional analyses of violence and security, with both theoretical contributions and empirical researches conducted in Mexico, Morocco, Colombia, South Africa and Brazil. The book looks at violence and security within the broader contexts of globalization and regionalization as forces that shape the way discourses are understood with very concrete real-life consequences. Articles in the collection also discuss identity politics, indigenous cultures, race and ethnicity, and mass media in relation to violence and security. The book is uniquely tri-lingual with articles written in English, Spanish and French, and it also includes a preface by RISC president Harlan Koff.

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About the Authors


Vanessa Barolsky is research specialist in the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa. She worked on a variety of projects on subjects ranging from trust in criminal justice, violence in an international comparative perspective, social cohesion and citizen participation in democratic governance. Before joining the HSRC in November 2006, she worked as an independent researcher – authoring, among other work, the 2003 Annual Aids Review for the University of Pretoria and conducting a major research project for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on Transition and Violence in 2005. Prior to this Dr Barolsky worked as a Director at the Secretariat for Safety and Security as well as serving as a researcher at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission where she authored one of the chapters of its final report. (

Alejandro Agudelo Calle es comunicador social y maestro en Antropología. Actualmente es candidato al doctorado en Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Antioquia. Ha sido docente de la Universidad de Antioquia de las maestrías en antropología y comunicación social, de la especialización en investigación social y del pregrado de antropología y de la Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigo en el pregrado de comunicación social. Es investigador del Grupo Recursos Estratégicos, Región y Dinámicas Socioambientales del Instituto de Estudios Regionales de la Universidad de Antioquia. Sus áreas de investigación han sido ciudadanía, participación social, políticas...

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