'They're still children and entitled to be children': problematising the institutionalised mistrust of marginalised youth in Britain

Stephen, Dawn E. and Squires, Peter (2004) 'They're still children and entitled to be children': problematising the institutionalised mistrust of marginalised youth in Britain Journal of Youth Studies, 7 (3). pp. 351-369. ISSN 1367-6261; 1469-9680

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Abstract

Developing Kelly's perspicacious deliberations on mistrust, surveillance and regulation in this journal (Journal of Youth Studies vol. 6, no. 2 (2003), pp. 165-180), this paper illustrates the pernicious consequences of the British Government's 'Community Safety' discourses, as effected through the imposition of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, upon marginalised young people and their families. By drawing upon and presenting extracts from our recent qualitative research with a sample of young people and their families subject to these contracts, the vacuous nature of contemporary constructs of marginalised youth as 'dangerous Other' is laid bare as unintelligible and deleterious to fostering any sense of inclusion and social justice in their lives.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/1367626042000268962
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:385
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:20 Aug 2007
Last Modified:30 Jan 2014 10:42

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