Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A history of the phenomenon of the maras of El Salvador, 1971-1992
by Castillo, Vogel Vladimir, M.A., University of North Texas, 2014, 92; 10034659
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis grounds its examination of the maras of El Salvador in the historical past (1971-1992) rather than the present, which constitutes a departure from current scholarship on the subject. This thesis revises our current understanding of the emergence and development of maras in El Salvador through the recovery, insertion and examination of key local events, conditions, and historical actors of the 1970s and 1980s. From signifying friendship and camaraderie prior to the late 1980s, the maras increasingly became the target of public concern and Salvadoran security forces over the course of the 1980. By the late 1980s the maras increasingly became associated with criminal activity in Salvadoran society and popular culture. To document these changed conditions, this thesis relies extensively on previously untapped and ignored primary sources: newspapers and oral history interviews.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Calderon, Roberto
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Latin American history
Keywords: El salvador, Maras
Publication Number: 10034659
ISBN: 9781339537542
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