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. Read more

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    Find out about our courses on the study of Latin America that are open to all students from Dutch universities and interested persons


    MA3. Communities and Nature in Latin America

    The course will have an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective, and will address methodological and policy issues regarding research in and practice of local management systems in the region. Read more

  • MA4. Seminar Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean: Current themes and approaches

    This course deals with the latest theoretical debates on gender relations in Latin America from a mainly anthropological perspective. Every meeting will focus on a different theme. These are: Machismo; Family Relations, matrifocality and single motherhood; Race and ethnicity; Sexuality and Violence. Read more

  • MA5. Social movements and democracy: The struggle for citizenship in Latin America

    Social movements have become an integrated element of Latin American politics. They emerged during the dark ages of authoritarianism in the region and they remained important under the present-day electoral democracies. Read more

  • BA4. Gender, familie en sociale mobiliteit in Latijns Amerika

    Deze cursus onderzoekt de dynamiek van gender relaties in Latijns Amerika, vooral in stedelijke gebieden. In de context van gender ongelijkheid, armoede en sociale mobiliteit zal het dagelijkse familieleven in de stad worden belicht. Lees meer