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Na rota da violência: crianças em contexto armado

Towards violence: developing children within armed contexts
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Branco, Angela Uchoa; Pires, Sergio Fernandes Senna

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Abstract From a sociocultural constructivist perspective, this paper analyses the sociocultural processes involved in children's participation in criminal organizations in Rio de Janeiro, and in other violent and armed environments. The analysis is based on the work of Dowdney (2003, 2005), and the work of the Slum Monitoring Center (Observatorio de Favelas, 2006). The article discusses the concept of childhood, and identifies the major factors affecting child development within such contexts: the strategies used by adults to induct children into a criminal organization and to keep them there. It highlights the role of school and work, two environments universally present in the research participants' own narratives. To study the topic demands a systematic approach so as to account for the variety of factors at work, from the historicosocial forces revealed in the social practices and the collective culture of gangs, to issues such as autonomy and social responsibility. The paper stresses the need to create collective spaces for expressing and coconstructing meanings, which may encourage social and personal reflection, and so promote healthy developmental contexts for both the individual and society.
Classification Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood; Social Problems
Free Keywords Violence; Gangs; Slums; Sociocultural Factors; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Narratives; Social Responsibility; Weapons; Children
Document language Spanish
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 153-169
Journal Athenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigacion Social (2008) 13
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications