Recognition and Indeterminacy: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Illegals Acts in Adolescence


The article aims to raise and develop a hypothesis about the problem of teenage violence in illegals acts. We understand violence among adolescents as a phenomenon sustained by a circuit of segregation and the seeking for recognition, using the idea of recognition as a conceptual operator, created by Honneth from the Hegel. The main hypothesis is if illegal acts of adolescents are linked to the various stages of recognition, it includes an uncatchable field of indeterminacy. The discussion about recognition from the notion of indeterminacy, through the scope of a psychoanalytic lens, suggests that illegals acts and aggressiveness can be heard not only in the psychoanalytic practice, but also in social manifestations.

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Moreira, J. , Guerra, A. , Martins, A. , Cadar, A. and Rosário, A. (2015) Recognition and Indeterminacy: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Illegals Acts in Adolescence. Psychology, 6, 1570-1579. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.612154.

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