How Young People Peacefully Challenge Community Norms Embedded With Violence in a Brazilian Favela

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Sampson, A. and Villela, Maria Rita 2016. How Young People Peacefully Challenge Community Norms Embedded With Violence in a Brazilian Favela. British Journal of Criminology. 57 (3), pp. 684-703.
AuthorsSampson, A. and Villela, Maria Rita
Abstract

Drawing on social disorganisation theories this paper considers what type of voluntary organisation 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 organisation, located in a favela in Brazil, transcends personal ties to the organisation and illustrates how community-based organisations have potential to influence community norms with the expectation that rates of violence will decline. This organisation 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.

Keywordsviolence; favela; community-based organizations; young people
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Journal citation57 (3), pp. 684-703
ISSN1464-3529
0007-0955
Year2016
PublisherOxford University Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/bjc/azv132
Publication dates
Print01 Feb 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Mar 2016
Copyright informationThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv132
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