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Youth and Violent Performativities

Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence

  • Addresses the gap between the sociology of violence and youth sociology and examines the potential for research, policy, and practice

  • Outlines the connections between youth sociology and structural and cultural violence with supporting empirical evidence

  • Reveals a global narrative of youth in which young people are pushed into performing sanctioned violence

Part of the book series: Perspectives on Children and Young People (PCYP, volume 11)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. The Subjects and Objects of Violence

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 15-33
  3. Violence and Youth Studies in the 21st Century

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 35-53
  4. Enacting Youthful Violence

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 55-77
  5. Articulating Creative Resistance to Violence

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 79-100
  6. Neoliberal Violence and Marketised Youth Services

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 101-123
  7. Political Fractionality and Epistemological Violence

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 125-142
  8. Starting with Young People’s Stories of Violence

    • Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 163-174
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 175-177

About this book

This book challenges the dominant narrative of young people being a uniquely violent group. Instead, the book critically examines how young people become violent as they enact and resist the available violent performativities in youth. It focuses on the experiences of 28 young people in Australia who are subjected to violence, who use violence and who resist violence. A critical analysis of these young people’s “messy” stories facilitates a reframing of the physical violence routinely attributed to young people as a product of violating systems and structures. 

The author constructs a converging theoretical landscape to re-examine youth, violence and resistance at the intersection of the sociology of violence and the sociology of youth. Drawing on interviews with young Australians, the book makes a valuable contribution to contemporary international scholarship on youth and violence, while also examining the potential for complicity to violence in youth research and practice. In doing so it offers youth scholars and practitioners a framework for reassessing their theoretical frameworks and methods for studying and working with young people in connection with violence.

Keywords

  • Hyper-governed young people in Australia
  • Youth violence and resistance
  • Youth participation in research
  • Youth political participation
  • Symbolic violence
  • Structural and cultural violence
  • Neoliberal violence
  • Liberal-paternalist governance
  • Relationships of power
  • Protest and resistance movements
  • Governing youth
  • Sanctioning violence

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tabor, College of Higher Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

    Ben Arnold Lohmeyer

About the author

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a youth sociologist and youth worker. He is an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University and Head of Youth Work at Tabor. Ben’s research interests include youth, violence and youth work practice. Ben has worked in a range of youth work settings concerning issues of justice, violence and peacebuilding. He has published in international journals including the Journal of Youth Studies, Current Sociology and Qualitative Research. Ben holds a Ph.D. from Flinders University.

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Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-15-5542-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)