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MOREIRA, Jacqueline de Oliveira; ROSARIO, Ângela Buciano do  e  COSTA, Domingos Barroso da. Youth crime in post-modern Brazil: psychosociological reflections on the phenomenon of violence. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.4, pp. 1021-1046. ISSN 1518-6148.

The scope of this essay is the interdisciplinary study of crime and violence in today's world. Based on Sociology, Psychoanalysis and Law, it aims to address the singularities of these phenomena in the present - referred, by some people, as post modernity, in comparison with what was called modernity. In this sense, in the first part of this study, we intend to establish the discussion according to the Brazilian social contemporary scope, considering its immersion in the consumption globalization process. Later, shifted the focus of analysis that suggests the scope for subjective, in the Freudian theory, some elements for understanding the psychological roots of violence - and, therefore, the crime - with emphasis on what is extracted from the text Mal-Estar na Civilização. We took up the ideas presented in this Freudian text to study the relationship between the self and the other, which is in constant threat of destruction because of the human inclination to evil. As Freud says, the maintenance of society depends on the investment of a high share of energy in the containment of inclination, as long as it is observed that the processes of subjectivity of the postmodern subject fewer demarcate the limits that distance of the other and thus support the society. And it is from that new dynamic of subjective construction that we try to explain the unbridled expansion of violence and crime in Brazil, with special attention, at the end of this study, to the ostentatious increase in illegal acts perpetrated by teenagers.

Palavras-chave : violence; Psychoanalysis; adolescence; criminality; post modernity.

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