On 24 October Kristian Hoelscher defended his doctoral thesis “Institutions and Social Violence” at the University of Oslo. Read the article on his research in Pernambuco in north-eastern Brazil, demonstrating the large impact institutions have a on the prevalence of violence in a society – in English (at www.sv.uio.no) or in Norwegian (at www.forskning.no).
Pentecostals are the fastest growing religious group in Latin America, and the second largest after Catholics. In Argentina Hans Geir Aasmundsen has observed how they are increasingly engaging in social questions, and he predicts that the Pentecostal churches will come to challenge the position the Catholic Church has had in politics over centuries.
Diarrheal diseases and dengue fever are major health problems in Colombia. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences in collaboration with researchers from the UK and Colombia are looking at the combined risk of getting diarrhea infections and dengue fever, and whether integrated intervention measures can improve the health situation for school children at primary schools in Colombia.
Cuban nationalism amplified by patriotic salsa rhythms replaced Marxist ideology when the Soviet Union collapsed and the Russians went home. Read the interview with Kjetil Klette Bøhler, based on his PhD dissertation in Musicology at the University of Oslo, in the Research Magazine Apollon.
Many Latin American countries have a presidential government based on multi-party coalitions. Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo, is seeking to find out whether the office of vice president in such governments is a source of political stability or instability. Read the interview with Marsteintredet in the Research Magazine Apollon.