Violence and street culture

Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen

in Street capital

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847421203
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303602 | DOI:
Violence and street culture

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This chapter observes that it is hard to find a direct link between so-called ‘traditional honour cultures’ and violence. It notes that the development of criminal and deviant subcultures is often associated with new immigrant groups; at other times, with established minority ethnic groups, such as Anderson's (1999) African Americans, Vigil's (2002) Mexican Americans, Bourgois's (2003a) Puerto Ricans, or the French rioters. The chapter explains that this has sometimes led researchers to emphasise ‘honour’ and ‘respect’ deriving from a feudal mindset as explanations for the formation of gangs, important parts of street masculinity, or important cultural influences on drug dealing. It notes that the dynamics of street culture are a better place to look for rationales for the violence observed at The River. The chapter further explains that the dealers' concepts of respect and honour are predominantly associated with a criminal subculture for which the accumulation of street capital is important.

Keywords: traditional honour cultures; violence; deviant subcultures; new immigrant groups; minority ethnic groups; honour; respect; street culture; The River; street capital

Chapter.  9275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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