This paper explores various ways in which gang members in post-conflict Nicaragua have internalized and put into practice a range of violent behaviour patterns over the past two decades. It shows how different types of gang violence can be related to distinct forms of socialization, tracing how these particular articulations have changed over time, often for very contingent reasons. As such, the paper highlights the need to conceive the socialization of violence within gangs as a dynamic and contextualized process, and suggests drawing on the notion of “repertoire” as a means of meaningfully representing this.
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Rodgers, Dennis, Broderes in Arms: Gangs and the Socialization of Violence in Post-conflict Nicaragua, Simons Papers in Security and Development, No. 31/2013, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, December 2013.
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