White Rabbit: Gangs and the Criminal Baroque in HondurasWhite Rabbit: Gangs and the Criminal Baroque in Hondurashttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/256491Chase Auditorium2013-12-03T16:30:002013-12-03T18:00:00
December 3,2013 4:30PM–6:00PM
Distinguished Visitor Jon Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology, Le Moyne College
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Jon Carter is a cultural anthropologist working in Central America since 1997. He began ethnographic fieldwork with homeless children in Honduras in 1998 in the wake of major hurricane devastation, and followed the lives of several of those youth through state reformatories, gangs, and eventually state penitentiaries. He has conducted fieldwork with the transnational street gang the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) since 2003 and spent extensive time in the national prison system of Honduras. His work focuses on the interiors of prison dormitories and prisoners’ transformation of those spaces, particularly the inner-world of the Mara Salvatrucha.
This lecture examines the transformation of street gang communities in Honduras during the last ten years, and the emergence of new criminal aesthetics. During the peak of gang incarceration under emergency laws, members of transnational gang communities known as “maras” began covering themselves in tattooed imagery of satanic and occult iconography. Carter will discuss these images as dreamworlds taking shape in the fissures of state life, particularly within the failing institutions of correction, in which new forms of hope are germinated against the entrenched calamities of our environmental, economic, and political futures.
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