El Quinto Piso del CEDLA

El quinto piso 14
Julienne Weegels

“No hay pandillas (there are no gangs),” an officer at a Nicaraguan penitentiary tells me. She explains that the times she inevitably encountered the Mata Perros gang, when walking up to her house as an adolescent, definitely belong to the past for today’s adolescents. In a Managua neighbourhood once infamous for its gangs, one of the police commanders repeats the same phrase: “There are no more gangs here.” He adds that “ten years back yes, these streets were still the scenery of gang wars… there would be more than fifty guys with each gang! … But that no longer happens.”
Nicaragua’s National Police has repeatedly stated that the country is the safest of the Central American region, assuring that “in Nicaragua there are no gangs.” They emphasize that their proactive communitarian policing model is to thank for this exceptional situation within the region. What remains, they claim, are “delinquent groups”: small groups of youth or adults generally involved in armed robbery, assault, (small-scale) drug trade, dealing and consumption. The term is used broadly and implies that every person participating in such a group is a law-breaker. As such, participants can either be arrested and jailed, or, especially when they are young, subjected to community policing programs. The Office for Juvenile Affairs (Oficina de Asuntos Juveniles) was created to meet the latter demand. It aims at crime prevention by promoting participatory programs for “at-risk” youth.
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13/02/15 CMP Info meeting

  • Information Meeting CEDLA Master’s Programme
    Friday 13 February 2015, 15.30 – 17.00 hours, Roetersstraat 33, second floor

    The CEDLA Master’s Programme (CMP) offers a multi-disciplinary Master of Arts programme in Latin American Studies, and is given in English.
    The CMP lasts 15 months and earns 75 European credits (ECTS).

    Deadline applications: 1 June 2015. + INFO

  • FUNDACIÓN SLICHER VAN BATH DE JONG para la promoción del estudio y la investigación de la historia de América LatinaSLICHER VAN BATH DE JONG FONDS 2015
    ter bevordering van de studie en het onderzoek van de geschiedenis van Latijns-Amerika

    De in 2004 overleden historicus Prof. Dr. B.H. Slicher van Bath, bij leven lid van de Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen en oud-hoogleraar van de Rijksuniversiteiten Groningen en Leiden, van de Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen en de Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, heeft bij testament een legaat nagelaten aan het CEDLA dat mede de naam draagt van zijn in 2009 overleden echtgenote, J.P. de Jong. Lees verder

  • UPCOMING COURSES

    MA6. The Art of Memory

    Art is the traditionally seen as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. + INFO

  • BA5. De Identiteit van de Stad

    In deze cursus gaan de studenten op zoek naar deze identiteit en haar wortels. Dat gebeurt aan de hand van sociaalgeografische en culturele inzichten over het leven in Latijns Amerikaanse steden. + INFO

  • BA6. Brazilië: democratie, burgerschap en duurzame ontwikkeling

    Heeft democratie in Brazilië geleid tot meer burgerschap en in hoeverre doen sociale en politieke belemmeringen afbreuk aan de consolidering van de democratie? + INFO

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    This is an introductory course to issues of sexuality, reproductive rights, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights across the Americas. + INFO