Mathew H. Charles

Universidad Externado de Colombia An academic and journalist with over ten years of experience researching and reporting organised crime in Latin America. Most recently, Mathew was the director of the Colombian Observatory of Organised Crime.

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My work focuses mainly on the recruitment and participation of Latin American youth in criminal activity, particularly murder. I am also interested in the cultural capital that forms and shapes bonds within gangs and other organised criminal structures. My research is often based on so-called "edge work" or ethnographic practice in contexts of high risk, as well as participatory and creative methodologies within contexts of (in)security, delinquency and criminal governance. 

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Using Rap with Young Offenders and Youth At-Risk of Organised Crime: Experiences from Colombia and Albania

19 October 2023, 01:00 PM
Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers Mark Berry Mathew H. Charles