Children's Grasp of Crime Discourses in the City of Monterrey, Mexico

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Mexico’s past decade has been characterized by violent waves due to organized crime and a lack of State control over cartels. While audiences were worried both about the panic that affected local economy and the excessive violent portrayal of daily life in media, there was little attention paid to how children and adolescents made sense of this situation. This study focuses on children’s 9–12 constructions of social representations of delinquency. Results show that children did not discuss crime or delinquency with parents or teachers, since adults censored the topic. Studies like this allow researchers to evidence how children develop distance from fiction, at the same time that they can use bits of information for what is really convenient in their daily life, and therefore decrease the moral panic regarding the effects of what violent content may have on them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourses of Anxiety over Childhood and Youth across Cultures
EditorsLiza Tsaliki, Despina Chronaki
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46436-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46435-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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