Year: 2007 Source: Bulletin of Latin American Research, v.26, no.4, (2007), p.462-479 SIEC No: 20080542

Despite considerable ethnographic research with young people in street situations & a growing interest in violence, little attention has been paid to suicide. The occurrence of suicide is a dramatic event that reveals weaknesses in support systems established by governments & civil society organisations, as well as perceived failings of friends. While an interest in suicide usually considers cause, in this paper the authors explore effect. How does the death of a member of a tightly-knit group of street youth affect others & what does the suicide tell us about their identification with death more generally? Research was part of an in-depth study of identities among street youth in Mexico. (38 refs.)