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ERIC Number: EJ895793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
"If They Could Make Us Disappear, They Would!" Youth and Violence in Cite Soleil, Haiti
Willman, Alys; Marcelin, Louis Herns
Journal of Community Psychology, v38 n4 p515-531 May 2010
This study explores community-level risk and protective factors for youth violence in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince's most violent slum. The youth of Cite Soleil have often been mobilized to violence by powerful actors as tools for achieving political or financial gain. Drawing on a formal survey (N=1,575) and ethnographic data collected between March 2008 and April 2009, we analyze the factors that contributed--and continue to contribute--to making these youth available for such mobilization. Youth frame their experiences in terms of a broader social conflict between the "included" and the "excluded," and view violence as an effective means of obtaining what is denied to them by society: opportunity, respect, and material benefits. The experiences from Haiti offer important lessons in understanding the community level drivers of youth violence, and can contribute to policy approaches that go beyond stabilization measures toward addressing structural violence. (Contains 3 tables and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Haiti