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Urban Violence and Insecurity: An Introductory Roadmap

Urban Violence and Insecurity: An Introductory Roadmap Editorial URBAN VIOLENCE AND INSECURITY: AN INTRODUCTORY ROADMAP Caroline O N Moser I. INTRODUCTION in urban areas, so the range of researchers, policy makers and practitioners focusing on this issue has IN 1992, WHILE I was living once again in the expanded. Today, economists, political scientists, suburbios (low-income settlements) in Guayaquil, transport planners, architects and NGO community Ecuador, local community members explained to workers, among others, all grapple with the ubiqui- me how serious a problem local violence had tous presence of urban violence in their work in become in their daily lives. Violent robbery on cities. buses was so ubiquitous that, over a six-month Despite the growing attention to urban violence, period, one in five women had been attacked by we are faced with an important contradiction. On young men armed with knives, machetes or hand the one hand, we are still on a slow learning curve. guns. The streets were no longer safe after dark, so This is reflected in the fact that this is the first girls and young women were dropping out of night volume of Environment and Urbanization devoted school, exacerbating their social isolation. The cost solely to this issue – although there have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environment and Urbanization SAGE

Urban Violence and Insecurity: An Introductory Roadmap

Environment and Urbanization , Volume 16 (2): 14 – Oct 1, 2004

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Editorial URBAN VIOLENCE AND INSECURITY: AN INTRODUCTORY ROADMAP Caroline O N Moser I. INTRODUCTION in urban areas, so the range of researchers, policy makers and practitioners focusing on this issue has IN 1992, WHILE I was living once again in the expanded. Today, economists, political scientists, suburbios (low-income settlements) in Guayaquil, transport planners, architects and NGO community Ecuador, local community members explained to workers, among others, all grapple with the ubiqui- me how serious a problem local violence had tous presence of urban violence in their work in become in their daily lives. Violent robbery on cities. buses was so ubiquitous that, over a six-month Despite the growing attention to urban violence, period, one in five women had been attacked by we are faced with an important contradiction. On young men armed with knives, machetes or hand the one hand, we are still on a slow learning curve. guns. The streets were no longer safe after dark, so This is reflected in the fact that this is the first girls and young women were dropping out of night volume of Environment and Urbanization devoted school, exacerbating their social isolation. The cost solely to this issue – although there have

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Published: Oct 1, 2004

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