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Colloquium Series: Robert Vargas, University of Norte Dame
September 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio
Through an ethnographic case study of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Wounded City dispells the popular belief that a lack of community is the primary source of violence, arguing that competition for political power and state resources often undermine efforts to reduce gang violence. Robert Vargas argues that the state, through the way it governs, can contribute to distrust and division among community members, thereby undermining social cohesion. The strategic actions taken by police officers, politicians, nonprofit organizations, and gangs to collaborate or compete for power and resources can vary block by block, triggering violence on some blocks while successfully preventing it on others.