Postwar Violence in Guatemala: A Mirror of the Relationship between Youth and Adult Society

  • Sabine Kurtenbach GIGA Hamburg


Postwar societies are high-risk contexts for youth participation in violence. However, there is great variation between and within postwar societies. The variation of youth participation in postwar violence can best be understood by focusing on the consequences of war and war termination on youth socialization and transitions into adulthood. Socialization and transitions into adulthood stand at the center of the interaction between youth and adult society and help to explain the variation in youth violence in contexts of high structural risk.

Author Biography

Sabine Kurtenbach, GIGA Hamburg
Senior Research Fellow Institute of Latin American Studies
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