Marcial, Vázquez, R
2015Volumen: Número: Lugar:
IXAYA. Revista Universitaria de Desarrollo SocialISSN:
Neoliberalism grounded on individualist theories, discriminates many sectors of population to marginalization and silence. This article maintains a critical view about the role of young people in this economic-political system. The cracking or disarticulation of youth’s trajectories—once a promising youth—has stopped working. The Mexican government has been building and consolidating for at least
20 years evident processes of criminalization of social dissent. Demonstrations and more radical youth’s protests are being “observed” and “understood”, i.e. are conceived from three processes to me very clear, and strongly perverse as social control mechanisms: criminalization of youth, criminalization of poverty and criminalization of social dissent. In contrast, civil society organizations, cultural
groups associations, and informal groups beyond their base (political, ideological, religious, students-related, cultural, sport-related, professional, entertainmentrelated, etc.) are spaces that help to build security, self-esteem and community sense of their participants; such spaces serve as safe processes of resilience facing violent scenarios and experiences.
Keywords: neoliberal economic model, youth, individualism, criminalization of youth, criminalization of social dissent.