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Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421203

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.001.0001

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Violence and street culture

Violence and street culture

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(p.121) Seven Violence and street culture
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Street capital
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Sveinung Sandberg

Willy Pedersen

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421203.003.0007

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

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