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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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VALE, Juliana Maria Batistuta Teixeira  and  NEVES, Anamaria Silva. The confined teenager and the custodial institution: The reciprocity of violence in contemporaneity. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.1-2, pp. 135-176. ISSN 1518-6148.

Contemporaneity is a time full of challenges, and the huge development of capitalism has failed to answer satisfactorily the discontents generated by the social inequality that this social order is capable of provoking. That fact directly reflects on sociability and human subjectivation forms, mainly on a crises and aggravation of the structural unemployment, context caused by the changes that occurred in the working world that affects everybody. This reflection suggests the urgency in deepening the discussions about disrespect to juvenile rights in Brazilian society, in view of the hedonistic and consumerist culture associated to the impact provoked by the "merchandise fetish" on teenagers, especially those who practice illegal acts as a strategy to survive and a way of inserting themselves in an unfair and mean world. In order to do that, the social meaning assigned to adolescence nowadays is taken as a way of defending the investments in this peculiar phase of human development. Different knowledge areas are necessary for an analysis of the phenomenon that goes beyond its appearance and immediacy. The act of transgressing official laws is easily associated to delinquency, embodied in the history of Brazilian social policies dedicated to children and adolescents. This association is a way to stigmatize and sending them to custodial institutions. Interdisciplinary and inter-paradigmatic practices appears to be a necessary way towards proposing more efficient and less vindictive public politics, leading to a more effective system that can guarantee juvenile rights, deconstructing the emphasis that has been historically given in the confinement as the answer to these demands.

Keywords : Contemporaneity; merchandise fetish; adolescence; delinquency; public politics.

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