Youth and Violence: New Theoretical Interpretations

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC29 Deviance and Social Control (host committee)
RC34 Sociology of Youth

Language: Spanish and English

For many decades violence related to youth was seen from one of two angles: youth as victims of violence (in function of structural variables” race, class, sex etc.) and/or youth as perpetrators of violence.

In most of those parts of the world where the sociology of youth is well developed (e.g. Western Europe, North America, Australasia) levels of interpersonal physical violence among youth while higher than among the rest of the population, are today quite low. The same cannot be said for some parts of the developing world (e.g. Latin America and Southern Africa), where violence seems to have become a way of life.

How can considerations of violence as an object of study enrich youth sociology, and how can youth sociology enrich the understanding of violence? It is in the twin notions of structure and action that we believe that many valuable contributions are being made today. While violence is regarded in a negative manner by many and by the law, for some youth violence is a positive action whereby they value themselves.

This is the sharp edge – now so vital that we develop stronger understandings of physical violence in our world.  It is time to get behind those who dare to look where angels fear to tread.

Session Organizers:
Tom DWYER, University of Campinas, Brazil and Jose-Vicente TAVARES-DOS-SANTOS, LATIN AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL, Brazil
Oral Presentations
Youth and Violence: The Case of Rampage School Shootings
Anne NASSAUER, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Legítimo Victimario: Juventud, Violencia y Vida Cotidiana En Unidades Habitacionales Populares De La Ciudad De México
Marcela MENESES REYES, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Juvenicidio: Las Vidas Precarias De Los/Las Jóvenes En América Latina
Germán MUÑOZ, UNIMINUTO - Sede Principal, Colombia