Institutskolloquium Kulturgeographie – 22.07.2020

Youth and Violence in Brazil: spatial characteristics of drugs and social order‘
Dr. Cléssio Moura de Souza (FAU)

Street violence in Brazil has increased in the last years and youths have represented the majority of victims and perpetrators. Streets in disadvantaged areas in Maceió/Brazil have been in a spot of power struggle, where diverging norms are created and recreated in order to change standards of behaviour. Within this context, I am presenting the process that makes youths become involved in street violence, considering individual development towards criminal life, environment, social rules, groups, family and ties that motivate or enforce youths to be part of criminal groups. The research is based on ethnographical study including participative observations, in-depth qualitative interviews with male youths (aged between 15 and 25 years), who had intense contact with street violence. The data were collected in seven months of fieldwork in Maceió from January until July 2013. This dissertation aims at identifying processes through which male youths become involved in street violence in Maceió and at analyzing the role that violence plays for individuals and/or criminal groups and for the social order on the streets of Maceió. This presentation will explore the terms rixa, treta and bronca commonly used by youth in Maceió to simplify or even hide the reasons behind street violence motivated by the “no crossing rule”, and also the term Cabueta, which labelling individuals who report criminal activities to the authorities. The no crossing rule and the rule of silence integrated an informal code of behaviour created and enforced by bocas (drug-selling spots and/or spatial domain of drug dealers) and criminal groups in Maceió. The one who does not follow those norms is consequently punished through violent acts and/or death by criminals in order to express their power and control over their domain.

Wann: Mittwoch, 22.07.2020 um 12:30 Uhr
Wo: Findet in digitaler Form statt!


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Mittwochs um 12.30 Uhr – Zoom-Veranstaltung
29.07.2020: Christopher Scarpone: Titel folgt. Termin noch nicht sicher.
Dienstag um 10.00 Uhr
11.08.2020: Forschungskolloquium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt (Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg): The Greening of Human Rights


Pflichtveranstaltung im Rahmen der Bachelor-Studiengänge / neue LPO – = Modul KG 16/17; Modul PG16/17; Modul GZB 12/13; Modul GLG 12/13/14/15


Fragen zum Kolloquium?
Organisatoren Dr. Andrés Gerique ( und Dr. Christoph Mayr (