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Introduction: The Violent Performativities of Youth

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

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Youth has a history of association with violent behaviour. Young people are routinely represented in media and politics as a violent group. Schoolyard bullying, youth gangs, child abuse, deviant sexualised behaviour and violent protest are regularly the subject of moral panics internationally and with each new generation. In this book, I examine how narrow frames of reference for conceptualising violence and youth have obscured the complexities inherent in young people’s enactment and resistance to violence. I argue that young people adopt violent performativities as a result of subjugation to a complex system of ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’ violence. The highly visible physical violence that regularly captures public attention has a clear ‘subject’, whereas ‘objective’ violence is hidden and embedded in social systems and society that are often assumed to violence-free. The young people’s stories in this book offer counter-narratives in which they reject the assumed violence-free nature of contemporary society and resist the violent performativities available to them as they seek to embody alternatives.

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    Guardianship of the Minister is the term for young people in state care in South Australia. Previously these young people have been referred to as ‘wards of the state’. Many of these young people adopt the title or are colloquially referred to by human service workers as ‘GOM kids’.

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Lohmeyer, B.A. (2020). Introduction: The Violent Performativities of Youth. In: Youth and Violent Performativities. Perspectives on Children and Young People, vol 11. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5542-8_1

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