Eduardo Moncada: "The Politics of Resistance to Criminal Victimization"

Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Criminal violence is a growing concern for citizens and policymakers across the developing world. Much existing research assumes that victims are resigned to their victimization at the hands of violent criminal actors amid absent or complicit states. I challenge the conventional wisdom and argue that not only do victims resist their victimization, but resistance actually varies in intriguing ways. Drawing on extended field research in several of Latin America's most violent settings,  I show that victims engage in diverse forms of resistance that range from everyday negotiations with criminal actors to violent armed rebellion against them. To explain this variation I develop a theory that focuses on how the different types of organizational and coercive resources available to victims shape the forms of resistance available to them.
Eduardo Moncada is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University. His research focuses on crime, violence, and the political economy of development. He is the author of Cities, Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2016) and has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Global Crime, and the Latin American Research Review, among others. Moncada has received support for his research from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright-Hays program, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Photo credit: Self-defense group barricade, Michoacán, Mexico (July 2018)
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