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Articulating Creative Resistance to Violence

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

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The idea of resistance in youth studies can be traced at least as far back as the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham (CCCS) and subcultural studies of the 1960s. These early studies were instrumental in demonstrating that young people and youth culture was not simply deviant, but rather could be understood as ‘symbolic and ritual ways of doing resistance’ (Johansson & Lalander, 2012, p. 1079). This chapter unpacks participants’ experiences and stories of resistance to violence. As explored in the previous chapter’s, violence is often a medium for resistance. Furthermore, when young people use violence for resistance this can have the effect of identifying them as an outsider and further marginalising them. However, the young people in this research do not hold a pure ideal of their resistance as being violence-free. Instead, their struggle with and against violence is messy and compromised. At times they are pessimistic about the possibility of living without violence and at the same time enact creative responses to shockingly violent situations.

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    The use of mobile phones in this way by activists is well documented, particular by the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA.

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Lohmeyer, B.A. (2020). Articulating Creative Resistance to Violence. 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_5

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