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Las maras guatemaltecas: Violencia y marginalidad
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
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2007 (Spanish; Castilian)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Maras in Guatemala are gangs of young people, with rules of own con-duct and determined by showed cultural signs in the language, tattoos and clothes. They haven`t to be seen like an isolated phenomenon from the essence of the economic and social system of Guatemala, because they are like bi-products of the exclusion and the poverty. Also, an re-sultate from the asymmetrical globalisation; understanding them like parts of a same process: the forced migration and its counterpart the de-portation. The violence is the mark of maras and also it has been a con-stant in Guatemalan history. The violence in the post-conflict society, explains the learned violent forms during the civil war, that now im-pregnate the social structures, producing a structural violence with ele-ments of brutality.


Las maras en Guatemala, son pandillas juveniles que tienen reglas pro-pias de comportamiento y se determinan por signos culturales manifes-tados en el lenguaje, la ropa y los tatuajes. No deben ser vistas como un fenómeno aislado del sistema económico y social de Guatemala, porque son en realidad bi-productos de una globalización asimétrica; entendién-dolas como partes de un mismo proceso: la migración forzada y su con-trapartida la deportación. La violencia es la marca de las maras y tam-bién ha sido una constante en la historia de Guatemala. La violencia en la sociedad de post-conflicto, se explica como de tipo estructural con elementos de brutalidad.

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2007. , 35 p.
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maras, Salvatrucha, violencia estructural, marginalidad, deportación, cultura callejera
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7966OAI: diva2:199362
Available from: 2008-06-03 Created: 2008-06-03Bibliographically approved

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