The invisible-hand of structural violence in El-Salvador

Rowe, Frederick (2014) The invisible-hand of structural violence in El-Salvador. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    After some thirty years of the world’s socioeconomic development being driven by the ‘free-market’ mechanisms of the neoliberal ‘invisible hand’, much debate surrounds the degree to which economic growth, and the subsequent effects of human development and poverty reduction, have been achieved in the developing countries of the world. This paper addresses such concerns by analysing the effects of neoliberal structural adjustment in El Salvador, with the aim of revealing the adverse entrenched consequences that socioeconomic restructuring has had over Salvadoran society since the end of its civil war in 1992. By employing an analytical insight through a constructivist lens which considers an expanded definition of violence and a neo-Gramscian notion of hegemony, the paper argues that the integration of El Salvador into the globally institutionalised neoliberal system has exacerbated the degree of socioeconomic injustice within Salvadoran social relations, with the country’s high levels of inequality, poverty, and violence as testaments to this. The paper ultimately develops the argument that the culturally and institutionally embedded roots to these problems signify a socially stratified system of structural violence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 15:06
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2015 15:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17951

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