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Global GangsStreet Violence across the World$
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Jennifer M. Hazen and Dennis Rodgers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691470

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.001.0001

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Maras and the Politics of Violence in El Salvador

Maras and the Politics of Violence in El Salvador

Chapter:
(p.123) 6 Maras and the Politics of Violence in El Salvador
Source:
Global Gangs
Author(s):

José Miguel Cruz

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.003.0007

This chapter highlights how the implementation of repressive Mano Dura (“Hard Hand”) policies vis-à-vis gangs in El Salvador has led to the evolution of atomized youth gangs into more structured, more violent, and more institutionalized street gangs.

Keywords:   gangs, youth, violence, conflict, urban challenges, state security, crime, global, transnational

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