Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: In April 2018, citizen unrest and government repression exploded in the Central American country of Nicaragua. Over a year later, the situation remains uncertain, particularly for campesinos, students, feminists, and historically excluded groups in the country. The government's purported commitment to dialogue is contradicted by police repression to protests, and there are rifts in the opposition. This new "normal" is anything but normal given the relative security of Nicaragua over the past decade. This panel is comprised of researchers with expertise and long trajectories in Nicaragua whose papers/presentations will explore the roots and/or ramifications of this new normal. This panel attempts to answer the following questions with ethnographic detail and historical context: What does this new normal mean for historically excluded groups in the country like the Costeños? What does this new normal mean for college students and universities? Is there a history of paramilitary or other types of violence that can explain the emergence of paramilitaries supporting the police? What are the political costs of this new normal?