The book provides an unprecedented analysis of modern criminology and bases its conclusions on Social Sciences.

FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School (Direito SP) hosted a launch event for the book titled “The Genesis of Violent Youth: a study on the etiology of extreme violence” on April 27. The book stems from Marcos Rolim’s PhD thesis at UFRGs, and also features professor Oscar Vilhena Vieira, dean of FGV’s Direito SP, Renato Sérgio de Lima, from the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety (FBSP) and professor at Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP), Bruno Paes Manso, researcher from USP’s Center for Studies of Violence, and Marta Machado, professor of Criminal Law at Direito SP.

This is the first study of its kind in Brazil and features still relatively unknown authors, despite their relevance in modern criminology, such as Lonnie Athens and Travis Hirshi. The book provides an unprecedented analysis of modern criminology and bases its conclusions on Social Sciences, as well as extensive and surprising field research of both qualitative and quantitative nature.

According to professor Oscar Vilhena, the book is paramount for society to understand, assess and debate the factors that drive a person into the world of crime. “In order for us to truly understand and break down the criminal dynamics, we must overcome the old dogmas and seriously address such phenomena with an open mind. That is exactly what Marcos Rolim accomplishes in this work of exceptional depth and intelligence,” he said.

Rolim conducted in-depth interviews with a group of adolescents and young adults carrying out sentences of deprivation of liberty in different cities of Rio Grande do Sul, due to particularly severe and violent crimes, including multiple homicides.  At the end of each interview, Rolim asked each young man and women to refer a childhood friend or colleague not involved in criminal activities. He managed to locate most of the individuals referred and applied the same interview procedure with each of them, forming two separate groups of individuals with similar ages, same gender and social background: one group featuring individuals involved in criminal and violent activities, and the other formed by young workers. He then compared the differences between the two groups, searching for anything that could explain such antagonistic developments.

In order to find solid empirical evidence, Rolim advanced his research into a new quantitative phase, interviewing different groups of inmates at the Central Prison of Porto Alegre (one group formed violent offenders and another group of non-violent offenders) and a group of students, with the same age and gender, at a public school in the outskirts of Porto Alegre. Applying internationally-validated questionnaires, the author built a highly significant database, which allowed him to carry out the sophisticated task of statistically treating the most relevant etiological factors (causes) for extreme violence that, in addition to its academic value, can deeply impact current public safety policies.

Go to the website for more information on the book.

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