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Bill McCarthy, John Hagan, and Monica J Martin (2002)

In and Out of Harm's Way: Violent Victimization and the Social Capital of Fictive Street Families

Criminology, 40(4):831--866.

Homeless youth establish a variety of relationships with people they meet on the street. These associations generate different levels of the intangible resources of trust, commitment, & reciprocity that contribute to a person's social capital. We argue that the relationships homeless youth describe as ``street families'' resemble the fictive kin common among people who have limited resources, & that these relationships are a greater source of social capital than are other associations. Social capital may improve access to many valued outcomes, including protections. Regression analyses of violent victimization support our argument, demonstrating that fictive street families keep youth out of harm's way more than do other street associations. Adapted from the source document.

*Victimization, *Peer Relations, *Criminality, *Cultural Capital, *Deviant Behavior, *Violence, *Homelessness, *Youth, article, 2858: studies in violence; studies in violence, 2793: studies in poverty; homelessness
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Homelessness; *Youth; *Cultural Capital; *Violence; *Victimization; *Peer Relations; *Deviant Behavior; *Criminality

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