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MEDAN, Marina. Sociability male youth risk: Disputes and agreements between a crime prevention program for youth and their beneficiaries. Ultima décad. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.35, pp.61-87. ISSN 0718-2236.

From the 90’s in Latin America, the state had issued its concern over delinquency, this resulted in programs that reconcile the interests of safety and social inclusion. Similarly, official statistics show male bias and juvenile crime and other actions related to risk-taking but not the gender dimension problem. Risk-taking is, in turn, one of the practices typically associated with masculinity. In turn, this represents the main challenge that a program of prevention of juvenile crime made to male beneficiaries. This article focuses on definitions of what is considered risky for male youth sociability between program and beneficiary disagreements impose limits on institutional intervention goals. The emergence of such discrepancies can be discussed further in the role of institutions in the identity constructions of gender and youth responsiveness from a position of subordination. The data presented here, comes from a qualitative study on a program of youth crime prevention implemented in the south of Gran Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fieldwork was conducted between 2007 and 2009.

Keywords : social politics; social interaction; youth masculinity.

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