Gangs are generally associated in the public imagination with chaos, violence and anarchy, yet in many parts of the world, they clearly constitute forms of local order and social structuration. Why might this be the case, in what ways, under what conditions, and what might this mean for governance processes?
Drawing on ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in Nicaragua and South Africa, this presentation begins by exemplifying the notion of "gang governance", before then broadening the analytical gaze to ask what this concept might tell us about contemporary governance process beyond the local. More specifically, it highlights how numerous nation-states as well as supranational actors are increasingly resorting to forms of "gang governance", both internally and externally, thereby transforming the world into a global ganglands.
Dennis Rodgers, Research Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute
Aidan Russell, Associate Professor, International History, The Graduate Institute