Humanities & Democracy

Are the humanities useful for democracy or should they be?

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When we think about reasons to justify the existence of Humanities departments at universities, one of them has been that they are essential to maintain democracy. This reason, however, could limit the humanities to their practical usefulness, which would leave out the study of some areas whose political or economic usefulness is not so obvious…

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violencia urbana

The Business of Violence in Latin America

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Ask people in Latin American cities today what most worries them and it is likely that among their top answers will be insecurity. Latin America is experiencing levels of lethal violence that, in countries such as El Salvador, exceed those registered during the civil wars of the late 20th century. From Ciudad Juarez to San Salvador to Caracas to Rio de Janeiro, insecurity amid both crime and violence is a growing concern for policymakers and citizens…

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