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javier arellano-yanguas is a research fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics of the University of Deusto (Spain). He holds a PhD in development studies and a master’s degree in governance from the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex). Additionally, he has degrees in engineering (Technical University of Madrid) and religion studies and theology (University of Deusto). His recent work explores the influence of extractive industries on local politics in Latin American countries from a multidisciplinary perspective. He is also interested in indigenous politics and the relationship between fiscal policies and development. Arellano has worked for fifteen years with development nongovernmental organizations in Latin America and India. He recently published the book ¿Minería sin fronteras? Conflicto y desarrollo en regiones mineras del Perú (2011).

enrique desmond arias is associate professor of public policy at George Mason University. He earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001. His research interests concern social mobilization, the politics of crime, human rights, and security and politics in developing societies. He is the author of Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security (2006) and coeditor of Violent Democracies in Latin America (2010). He is currently completing a study of the role of armed actors in politics in three cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Medellín, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica. The US Fulbright Commission, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism funded this research. His writings have appeared in Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Studies in Comparative International Development, Policing and Society, and Comparative Politics.

robert brenneman completed a PhD in sociology at the University of Notre Dame in 2010 and is currently assistant professor of sociology at Saint Michael’s College. His research focuses on the impact of violence and violent social structures on human flourishing. His book Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America (2012) takes a close-up look at the lives of sixty-three former gang members, many of whom joined an Evangelical congregation as part of their attempts to extricate themselves from gang violence. He is currently conducting follow-up research to gauge the long-term impact of the decision to leave gangs by way of the church.

benjamin junge is associate professor of anthropology at the State University of New York–New Paltz. He is a cultural anthropologist with theoretical specialization in the study of social movements, citizenship, gender, sexuality, and health. He received his PhD from Emory University in 2007 and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. His research interests concern the relationship between gender and citizen identity in low-income, urban communities, as well as in the emergent middle class, in contemporary Brazil. Much of his academic writing to date has been based on ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where he has examined the formation of citizen identity among grassroots leaders in this city internationally [End Page 199] known for its vibrant leftist political landscape and experiments in participatory democracy. Beyond projects in Brazil, he also carries out research on the use of digital media by anti–corporate globalization activists and on HIV/AIDS prevention in the United States.

margarita lópez maya, historiadora, es doctora en ciencias sociales por la Universidad Central de Venezuela (1995) y profesora titular del Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo (CENDES) de la misma universidad. Fue directora de la Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales (1999–2004) y miembro del Comité Directivo del Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO, 2007–2009). Su campo de investigación es el proceso histórico y sociopolítico contemporáneo de Venezuela, concentrándose en el estudio de la protesta popular y los nuevos partidos y actores sociales. Ha recibido diversos premios académicos y ha publicado varios libros, numerosos capítulos y más de sesenta artículos en revistas académicas. Ha sido profesora invitada de las universidades de Notre Dame, Oxford, y Columbia, y fellow de la Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars...


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