The vulnerability of youth to violent death: a case study in the context of “Crimes of May

  • Caren Ruotti Universidade de São Paulo; Núcleo de Estudos da Violência
  • Juliana Feliciano de Almeida Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Medicina
  • Fernanda Lopes Regina Universidade de São Paulo; Núcleo de Estudos da Violência
  • Viviane Coutinho Massa Universidade de São Paulo; Núcleo de Estudos da Violência
  • Maria Fernanda Tourinho Peres Universidade de São Paulo; Núcleo de Estudos da Violência

Abstract

This article discusses the life story of a young resident of a suburb of Sao Paulo executed in the context of “Crimes of May” which occurred in 2006. We used the conceptual framework of vulnerability in order to understand the different elements involved in his victimization. This concept provides a broad and dynamic perspective that considers the susceptibility of potentially threatening events as dependent not only on individual aspects, but also on relationa processes and contextual elements, avoiding stigmatizing effects. The analysis emphasizes the uncertainty and the situation of social limiarity of the young population with the “world of crime”; cases of police violence directed at particular groups of people, and the situation of impunity. These elements occupy a central role in youth vulnerability to lethal violence, making it necessary to consider all the above mentioned elements for the development of preventive actions, inclusive in the health sector.

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Published
2014-09-01
How to Cite
Ruotti, C., Almeida, J., Regina, F., Massa, V., & Peres, M. (2014). The vulnerability of youth to violent death: a case study in the context of “Crimes of May . Saúde E Sociedade, 23(3), 733-748. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902014000300001
Section
Violence: an issue at the interface between health and society