Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia
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GUERRA, Andréa Máris Campos et al. Building ideas on youth involved in violent crimes. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.10, n.2, pp. 434-456. ISSN 1808-4281.
Reviewing the current literature on the theme of urban violence among young people, we see that the national context of coexistence with the social inequality increases violence among young people from urban areas. This violence is reinforced by the experience of adolescence - transition that marks the loss of the children's body and children’s parents, and the meeting with the other sex - as well as the experience of historical helplessness, which characterizes the subjectivity in contemporaneity. Thus, we suppose that, given the precariousness of social significance of the contemporary culture, the young people tries to find new ways to establish themselves in the social link, seeking some collective ties through the crime. So, the entry into a criminal gang or circuit can offer, face this symbolic grace, a promise to a social sense and an affective illusion, encouraging violence.
Keywords : Youth; Violent crime; Post-modernity; Adolescence.