Chapter 5: Building effective and acceptable security-driven urban resilience
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This chapter takes the documented experiences in Western cities and generates normative ideas that can be transferred into the governance of urban violence in Latin America and the Global South. Increasingly, governance interventions in response to such violent threats have embodied policies of 'resilience' as attempts are made to anticipate, mitigate, respond, and recover from such crime-linked disruptive challenges. More specifically, drawing predominantly on examples from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this chapter juxtaposes ideas of security and resilience within urban contexts significantly driven by concerns for fighting violent crime; it also illuminates the implementation of emergent urban safety and security initiatives that surface increasingly local and technological approaches to respond to urban violence. The chapter further reflects upon the implication of resilience approaches for the secure design and governance of Latin American cities, and questions how far such largely Western concepts can and should be implanted into less developed contexts.

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