The Politics of Gang Control: NGO Advocacy in Post-War El Salvador

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dc.contributor.advisor Taylor, Lucy en
dc.contributor.advisor Suganami, Hidemi en
dc.contributor.author Wolf, Sonja en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-01T11:57:42Z en
dc.date.available 2008-12-01T11:57:42Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Wolf, Sonja, 'The Politics of Gang Control: NGO Advocacy in Post-War El Salvador', 2008 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1258
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the advocacy strategies of three Salvadoran non-governmental organisations (NGOs) aimed at contesting the Mano Dura gang policy and promoting the implementation of alternative forms of gang control. Introduced by the Flores administration in mid-2003, Mano Dura proposed to “crack down” on the country’s street gangs and foresaw the arrest and prosecution of suspected gang members on account of their physical appearance. Locally known as pandillas or “maras,” these groups allow marginalised youths to fulfil their need for friendship and respect, but, given their association with crime and violence, have developed into an important public security problem. This research explored how three NGOs sought to persuade the government to provide a comprehensive and rights-respecting response to gang activity and why these attempts remained relatively ineffective. en
dc.description.sponsorship Aberystwyth University - British Federation of Women Graduates - Gilchrist Educational Trust - The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, and the British International Studies Association en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The Politics of Gang Control: NGO Advocacy in Post-War El Salvador en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department Department of International Politics en
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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