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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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VALLIM, Danielle de Carvalho. Violated and undignified: crack cocaine users in Rio de Janeiro and New York. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2015, vol.9, n.2, pp. 126-138. ISSN 1982-1247.

This research analyzes the violence practiced to crack cocaine users at the spots of use at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New York cities. The qualitative method was based on participant observation technique, life history and semi-structured interviews in both cities. It was concluded that in the environment in which this population is based, particular forms of suffring are reproduced, caused by physical and moral violence against and between users, as well as by the social discrimination they are subjected to, perpetuating forms of trivialization of violence and suffring. It was clear that drug use in crack use scenes in both cities increases the exposure of the users to health problems, violence, stigma, social isolation and violation of rights.

Keywords : violence; crack cocaine users; crack cocaine; discrimination; stigma.

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