PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology, Andrés González-Saiz, co-edits a book called "Crimen organizado transnacional y dimensiones culturales en América Latina"

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Are criminal activities influenced by cultural contexts? Are certain societies more prone to crime than others? Andrés M.F. Gonzalez-Saiz explores these and other relevant questions in the co-edited book “Crimen organizado transnacional y dimensiones culturales en América Latina” (“Transnational Organized Crime and Cultural Dimensions in Latin America”) published by Colombia’s War College. This book seeks to consolidate a series of reflections on the influence of cultural practices on transnational organized crime in the region. This joint research effort highlights the need to understand why social studies are highly relevant to understanding the actions of criminal organizations. This title thus seeks, relying on the Cultural Dimensions proposed by Dutch psychologist Geert Hofstede, to open the space to create new ways of analyzing and studying organized crime groups. These discussions weave in each chapter cultural perspectives that make visible the relationships between transnational organized crime, society, gender, the conception of time, power, risk aversion, indulgence, and the understanding a particular society has about the particular and the universal. This, supported by the data collected by Hofstede and that is available thanks to Hofstede Insights, allows to consolidate theoretical reflections together with case studies, in order to further the discussions on culture, crime and security in the region.

Open access to book here

Congratulations to Andrés and his colleagues for publishing this timely work on organized crime in the Latin America context!