20225402(en)/10 - Play the Bad Guy and Go to Sleep. An Ethnographic Analysis on Paradoxes Between Good and Bad in a Slum and Prison in Córdoba (Argentina)
PLAY THE BAD GUY AND GO TO SLEEP. AN ETHNOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS ON PARADOXES BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD IN A SLUM AND PRISON IN CÓRDOBA (ARGENTINA)
HACERSE EL MALO Y ECHARSE A DORMIR. UN ANÁLISIS ETNOGRÁFICO SOBRE PARADOJAS ENTRE EL MAL Y EL BIEN EN UNA VILLA Y UNA CÁRCEL EN CÓRDOBA (ARGENTINA)
In this article, I am interested in reflecting on violence and misbehavior as capital for obtaining respect, material things, and becoming seductive for the opposite sex, in contexts where other types of socially valued capital are scarce. Following the arrest of Danilo and Demian Hernández, two brothers who lived in a slum called La Tela in Córdoba, Argentina, we will see that, in prison, there are two opposing logics at work: becoming bad and behaving well. We will analyze how both of these regulate social relations inside and outside the prison establishment. At the same time, it allows us to question the idea of confinement as an effective way of directing the social conduct of those who have committed crimes.