Italian Journal of Criminology

The official journal of the Italian Society of Criminology

by Massimo Conte

This paper proposes an interpretation on violence and crime among the Latin American youth groups in Milan. The expression “street groups” is here used to describe the tendency of young people to group together without portraying them as criminals or adopting strict definition criteria.

The paper aims to identify the different meanings that may be attributed to violent action in the context considered. Violence is investigated as a constituent part of the processes of individual and group identity building and of status acknowledgment. Furthermore, violence is examined in connection with the interaction dynamics that leads to escalation. Elements such as the relationship with the territory and the different ways of socializing and acting in public places are stressed as factors that contribute to the escalation of violence.

Murder is represented as an event that exceeds this kind of relations, rather than an event naturally inscribed in the dynamics of street violence. The paper proceeds from the reconstruction of the murder of an Ecuadorean young man (a member of a street group) to detect five exceeding qualities of murder: the perpetrators’ express purpose; the individual responsibility; the group responsibility; the individual time; the perpetrators’ identities.

Ricercatore - Codici | Agenzia di ricerca sociale, Piazza Quattro Novembre 1, 20124 Milano

Massimo Conte
Contacts: Massimo Conte, c/o Codici, Piazza Quattro Novembre 1, 20124 Milano, tel. 328/4580067 email: massimo.conte(at)

From: Rassegna Italiana di Criminologia n° 4/2011


Massimo Conte, c/o Codici, Piazza Quattro Novembre 1, 20124 Milano, tel. 328/4580067
email • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Enti: Italia € 80,00
Estero € 120,00
Privati: Italia € 70,00
Estero € 110,00
Soci SIC: Italia € 55,00
Estero € 85,00

Le richieste d’abbonamento e ogni altra corrispondenza relativa agli abbonamenti vanno indirizzate a:  - Pensa MultiMedia Editore s.r.l. - Via A. Maria Caprioli, 8 - 73100 Lecce - tel. 0832.230435

Per maggiori informazioni clicca qui.


Sez. di Criminologia
Università degli Studi di Bari
Tel. 080 5478282
Fax 080 5478248


Pensa MultiMedia Editore s.r.l.
Via A.M. Caprioli, 8
73100 Lecce

oppure scrivici