Youth Gang Members in Rio de Janeiro: The Face of a ‘Lost Generation’ in an Age of Fear and Mistrust

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    This article analyses the relationship between stigmatization, violence and marginality and its limits to social justice and citizenship. It involves a critical reflection on the way groups living in a social and symbolical shade are represented and treated by governments and their institutions, and the way such practices reinforce a cycle of socio-symbolical marginality and the limits to life in the city. For that the article will explore the findings of a research within drug gangs in which I have been involved (Silva and Urani, 2002, Observatório de Favelas, 2006; Silva et al, 2009), and my own research on violence, urban marginality and stigmatization (Fernandes, 2009; Fernandes, 2012).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)210-223
    Number of pages13
    JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013



    • Youth
    • Drug traffic gangs
    • Urban segregation
    • Stigmatisation
    • Brazil

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