This paper contains reflections on the experience of fieldwork carried out in Nicaragua into urban gangs in Managua. It examines the dilemmas encountered by an anthropologist employing participant observation, in which he became accepted as a member of a gang. In the process, it provides an original insight into the inner workings of such urban gangs.
Rodgers, D. Working Paper No.6. Making Danger a Calling: Anthropology, violence and the dilemmas of participant observation. (2001) 24 pp.