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Panel 67. Violence-urban space: the production of the political-social order in global perspective


  • Alejandra Lunecke, Instituto Milenio de Investigación en Violencia y Democracia, VioDemos
  • Damián Omar Martínez, Instituto Milenio de Investigación en Violencia y Democracia, VioDemos
  • Maria Paz Trebilcock, Instituto Milenio de Investigación en Violencia y Democracia, VioDemos
  • Pilar Ortiz, Instituto Milenio de Investigación en Violencia y Democracia, VioDemos


The cities of the global north and south are traversed by multiple violences that are rooted in the unequal distribution of power in society and in urban space. The neoliberal city has unequally distributed access to rights and services in the territories, has made large areas materially and physically precarious, and has contributed to the stigmatisation of the margins through the chain of different direct violence (political, interpersonal and criminal). In turn, this violence has reproduced structural inequality through the stigmatisation and stigmatisation of its inhabitants and through the relationship that has taken shape between the state and its citizens. Violence has shaped the political and social order in urban space.

This session suggests an intersectional look at violence in the cities of the global south and north. Understood as a multiple, relational and situated phenomenon, we propose to analyse how the relationship between violence and urban space shapes the political and social order, including the role that institutional and everyday practices play in this configuration. In this sense, we are particularly interested in understanding how different groups experience, normalise, reflect, negotiate and/or resist the structural violence and territorial inequality that affects them, how these practices link different direct violence at the micro-local level (gender, interpersonal, criminal and symbolic) and what effects these experiences have on the relationship between the state and the citizenry.

Using different approaches, scales of analysis, methodologies and focusing on the different forms of violence (structural, political, symbolic, direct), the panel invites researchers to address the relationship between violence-urban space in cities of the global south and north in its relational nature, through different aspects and questions:

  • A) Violence-urban space:
  • How do different violences shape urban space – what kind of space(s) are produced and contested in violent environments?
  • What strategies and everyday practices are used to deal with violence in these territories?
  • How do everyday practices shape urban space, and what is the political order that is mobilised?
  • B) Urban space-violence:
  • What is the role of public and urban policies in the production of violence? What role has the breaking of the pattern of segregation and the new agenda of urban integration played in the management/negotiation of violence?
  • What kind of institutions and institutional practices are present in the territories?
  • What are the socio-spatial dynamics that shape the relationship between the state and citizens? What political and social order emerges?

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