- Abstract: In order to better understand the life worlds and educational opportunities of youth growing up in impoverished areas of Honduras, this lecture positions these in the wider Central American context. In this context, social exclusion and violence play key roles. Central America is one of the most unequal and impoverished regions of Latin America, but also held to be “the most violent peacetime region in the world.” Gang violence, drug-related crime and police violence abound. What effects does this have, and what dynamics underlay these? I will argue that revived authoritarianism, neoliberal policies and stereotypes surrounding impoverished youth all tear deep into the social fabric of Central American communities. Based on my research with prisoners and former prisoners in Nicaragua, I propose that education is key to breaking through these violent and exclusionary logics.
-Speaker: Julienne Weegels is a PhD candidate and TA with the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) at the University of Amsterdam. She is co-organiser of the Global Prisons Research Network (GPRN). Julienne has worked with male prisoners and former prisoners in Nicaragua through her research and the co-facilitation of a prison arts programme since 2009. Her PhD thesis is called Performing Prison: Power, Agency, and Co-Governance in Nicaraguan Prisons. In relation to her research, she has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals about imprisonment, violence and masculinities, representations of policing and youth crime, and the securitisation of social policy in Nicaragua.
- Location: Common Room
- Convenor: educate.