Anika Oettler

Discourses on Violence in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua: National Patterns of Attention and Cross-border Discursive Nodes

GIGA Working Paper, No. 65, December 2007

It has become common to state that youth gangs and organized crime have seized Central America. For theories on contemporary Central American violence, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua present important test cases, demonstrating the need to differentiate the diagnosis. First, national discourses on violence differ from country to country, with varying threat levels, patterns of attention, and discursive leitmotivs. Second, there are border-crossing discursive nodes such as the mara paradigm, the perception of grand corruption, and gender-based violence tied to cross-national, national or sub-national publics. The paper explores the ambiguity and plurivocality of contemporary discourses on violence, emanting from a variety of hegemonic and less powerful publics.

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Prof. Dr. Anika Oettler is a professor of sociology at Philipps‐Universität Marburg and an associate researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). She has published extensively on transitional justice, historical memory, and violence.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Anika Oettler

Transitional Justice, Recognition, and Authoritative Power

GIGA Working Paper, No. 305, August 2017

Peter Peetz / Sebastian Huhn / Anika Oettler

Zentralamerika: Zum schwankenden Nachrichtenwert von Kriminalität in einer heterogenen Printmedienlandschaft

in: Hanno Bruchmann / Anna Dobelmann / Annika Hartmann / Aylin Kruse / Manuel Schulz / Sarah Helen Sott (eds.), Medien und Demokratie in Lateinamerika, Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag, 2012, 200-220

Anika Oettler

The Central American Fear of Youth

Journal of International Conflict and Violence, 5, 2011, 2, 261-276

Anika Oettler / Peter Peetz

Putsch in Honduras: Störfall in der defekten Demokratie

Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, 2010, 1, 82-95