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(en) France, UCL AL #315 - Edito, The violence of the margins (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:00:07 +0300

In recent weeks, several adolescents have died, and others injured, in clashes between rival gangs. Violence not new but still dramatic. First of all in a human capacity, but also by highlighting the social logics at work in these collective confrontations. Because the boys - and sometimes the girls - who make the gangs are registered in majority in forms of educational, family and economic marginalization. ---- Belonging to a gang then allows accomplishments prohibited by marginalization: building bonds of loyalty and seeking reputation through transgressions that are ultimately very conformist. Because the fight and violence obey first of all a logic of competition, cardinal value of capitalism, as well as a youthful virilism.

But the police and security response reflects the cynicism of politicians. They don't care to solve the problem. Their only ambition is to martially mobilize their electorate, little concerned by these clashes. Those who suffer - adolescents, parents, educators, teachers - are delivered to the powerlessness produced in large part by the destruction of public services (education, social services, associations or specialized prevention) which erases adults from the daily lives of these young people. Antisocial policies only fuel the problems of violence, and the only possible avenues remain the mobilization and initiative of those who live and work in these neighborhoods.

UCL, March 24, 2021

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