In Brazil between 2002 and 2010, more than 230 000 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 were murdered. This article attempts to analyze the vicissitudes of subjective construction of Brazilian adolescents living in poverty, social anomie and violence. Starting with the creation of a group clinical set-up, psychoanalytically oriented conversation groups conducted with adolescents at school, the author constructed the following hypothesis : given the violent disqualification of their life and the total absence of any prospect of even minimal inscription in a link indicative of phallic participation in the social field, some youngsters turn violence into their own fiction and a way of forging a social link. Using a fragment of one case, the author also tries to give an idea of the method used in conducting these conversation groups.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°3, pp. 589-600.