Marginalised youth, violence and policing: A qualitative study in Recife, Brazil

Cavalcanti, R.P. 2017. Marginalised youth, violence and policing: A qualitative study in Recife, Brazil. Contemporary Social Science. 12 (3-4), pp. 227-241. doi:10.1080/21582041.2017.1384049

TitleMarginalised youth, violence and policing: A qualitative study in Recife, Brazil
AuthorsCavalcanti, R.P.
Abstract

Few studies have examined the relations between urban marginalised youth and the public security system in the northeast of Brazil. This article addresses this gap in the literature through an examination of youth perceptions of a security programme aimed at reducing violence. It also analyses the effects of this security program by interrogating the hegemonic discourses of state-actors in the region, namely, agents of the criminal justice system. The analysis draws on ethnographic data collected between 2012 and 2016 in Recife, the capital city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast of Brazil. This approach permits an examination of the nature of new security interventions, and a comparison between two distinct narratives about this new securitisation agenda. One overarching narrative focuses on young people’s vulnerabilities, the other on claims of successful securitisation. An analysis of these narratives widens understandings of the effects and risks of security interventions, contributing to a debate about their impact on young people’s lives and society at large.

KeywordsPolicing; Violence; Young people; Brazil; Social justice.
JournalContemporary Social Science
Journal citation12 (3-4), pp. 227-241
ISSN2158-2041
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptCavalcanti 2017 Marginalised youth, Violence and Policing - Contemporary Social Science 1 June 2017.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/21582041.2017.1384049
Publication dates
Published online12 Oct 2017
Published12 Oct 2017

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