Sabine Kurtenbach

Postwar Youth Violence: A Mirror of the Relationship between Youth and Adult Society

GIGA Working Paper, No. 199, July 2012

Abstract
Postwar societies are high‐risk contexts for youth violence. Nevertheless, not all postwar societies are equally violent. This article explores how these variations can be explained by focusing on the interaction between youths and adult society in a comparison of Guatemala and Cambodia. Starting from the concept of socialization and the possibilities of performing status passages to adulthood, it analyzes not only the different risk factors but also the agency of young people and society in trying to cope with and overcome obstacles on the pathway to adulthood. Different patterns of war termination and of reconstruction after war’s end are identified as major intervening variables that explain the variations in youth violence in as well as across the case studies.

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Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach is a political scientist, acting director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, and honorary professor at Philipps University Marburg. She researches peace, conflict, and violence with a regional focus on Latin America and beyond.

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