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How young people peacefully challenge community norms embedded with violence in a Brazilian favela

Sampson, Alice and Villela, Maria Rita (2017) How young people peacefully challenge community norms embedded with violence in a Brazilian favela. British Journal of Criminology, 57 (3). pp. 684-703. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Drawing on social disorganization theories this paper considers what type of voluntary organization might mediate community social norms in localities with low income where violence is embedded in social institutions and residents appear unable to informally regulate violent crimes. This study describes how the situated logic of one organization, located in a favela in Brazil, transcends personal ties to the organization and illustrates how community-based organizations have potential to influence community norms with the expectation that rates of violence will decline. This organization has made it possible for young people to publically disrupt the symbolic order that maintains divisive social rules and has started to alter gendered norms that contribute to high levels of neighbourhood violence.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/bjc
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azv132
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 16:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/76027

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