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Tears, trauma and suicide: everyday violence among street youth in Puebla, Mexico

Jones, Gareth A., Herrera, Elsa and Thomas de Benitez, Sarah (2007) Tears, trauma and suicide: everyday violence among street youth in Puebla, Mexico. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 26 (4). pp. 462-479. ISSN 0261-3050

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Abstract

Despite considerable ethnographic research with young people in street situations and a growing interest in violence, little attention has been paid to suicide. The occurrence of suicide is a dramatic event that reveals weaknesses in support systems established by governments and civil society organisations, as well as perceived failings of friends. While an interest in suicide usually considers cause, in this paper we explore effect. How does the death of a member of a tightly knit group of street youth affect others and what does the suicide tell us about their identification with death more generally? Research for the paper was part of an in-depth study of identities among street youth in Mexico.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Additional Information: © 2007 Blackwell Publishing
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3214/

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