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GENTILE, María Florencia. Discourse procedures on the media construction of the poor, young delinquent: The «case of johnathan». Ultima décad. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.34, pp.93-119. ISSN 0718-2236.

The way in which the news of the murder of a police official at the entrance of a poor district of the urban Buenos Aires, became a propitious occasion and the massive means of communication put in scene of the media figure of the young person (male) of an infamous sector associated to violence and crime. The stereotyped figure that appears  natural and essensialized, so this social construction condenses three proble-matic areas with district differences: «insecurity», «violence in young people» and «crime», which constitute different phenomena, with different causes that require particular interventions according to each one of them. This article analyzes the way in which (particularly the graphs) were treated on the news, to put in evidence present declarative procedures of form certain appellant in the narratives in which the young people of infamous sectors appear as the unquestionable faces of «insecurity» and the urban violence, resisting treatment with the results of our ethnographic work in the same district. To reconstruct these procedures allows retraceable steps and the way of the naturalization to give a critical account of one of the most important mechanisms of social construction of the feelings of insecurity, and its consequences in the treatment of youth.

Palavras-chave : discourse analysis; social construction of youth; insecurity.

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