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Making danger a calling: anthropology, violence and the dilemmas of participant observation

By Dennis Rodgers


This paper contains reflections on the experience of fieldwork carried out in Nicaragua into urban gangs in Managua. It examines the dilemmas encountered by an anthropologist employing participant observation, in which he became accepted as a member of a gang. In the process, it provides an original insight into the inner workings of such urban gangs

Topics: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology, GN Anthropology
Publisher: Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2001
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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