The badass and the asshole: Violence and the positioned subjectivities of street youth in Mexico City

Country
Mexico
Region
Central America
Language
English
Year Published
2016
Author
Roy Gigengack
Organisation
No data
Topics
Gender and identity Research, data collection and evidence Violence and Child Protection
Summary

Chapter found on page 172:

Understanding street youths in Mexico City as emergent practices, in this chapter I set out to understand a) how street youth embody and perform their identities, which subtly diverge from those of similar groups of urban poor, such as gang youth; and b) how violent practices shape who street youth are and what they do. Based upon long-term ethnographic fieldwork undertaken in streets and institutions in Mexico City throughout the 1990s and regular follow-up visits thereafter (most recently in 2010-2011), the chapter presents impressionist “tales of the field” (Van Maanen 1988). These tales illustrate that, far from merely being destructive, violence constitutes and reinforces street youth’s positioned subjectivities.

 

Discussion

Users can discuss this report and make suggestions for future updates. You must be signed in to submit a comment.

No comments

Join the conversation and
become a member.

Become a Member