Youth and Violent Performativities: Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages177
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-5542-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-5541-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePerspectives on Children and Young People
ISSN (Print)2365-2977
ISSN (Electronic)2365-2985


  • youth
  • violence
  • performativity
  • resistance
  • neoliberal violence
  • methodology


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