“Calling Bullshit” on Restorative Practices… wait… what?

For about 4 years I worked for a youth service that used restorative practices as its core practice framework. A big part of my role was to facilitate restorative justice processes and train youth workers in restorative practices. During this time I found a few issues with the combination of restorative practices and youth work.… Read More “Calling Bullshit” on Restorative Practices… wait… what?

Hyper-governed young people’s resistance to the crushing ubiquity of neoliberal violence – Presentation at the 2018 International Sociological Association World Congress, Toronto, Canada

  Session: Violences: Global Youth Encounters with Physical, Symbolic and Structural Violence Table: Violences in the relations between young people, the State and its institutions Co-Chair: Sharlene SWARTZ   It was a privilege to present some of the findings from my PhD in the Research Committee 34 Sociology of Youth stream of the ISA World… Read More Hyper-governed young people’s resistance to the crushing ubiquity of neoliberal violence – Presentation at the 2018 International Sociological Association World Congress, Toronto, Canada

“It’s like a violent existence” – How young people learn to be violent

Why do young people cause so much trouble (for adults)? This is the kind of question that comes up when people think about young people and violence. Young people are often portrayed in the media as angry and violent. And there is usually a range of stats thrown around to back up this position. I’m… Read More “It’s like a violent existence” – How young people learn to be violent

Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges

Originally published in NEXUS Newsletter of The Australian Sociological Association – Posted on November 9, 2017, by TASA     After the TASA Crime and Governance symposium, sitting with a small group of attendees in the heart of Sydney, a senior academic reflected ‘I think that the best presentations today were by the postgrads’. This was… Read More Politics and Crime Control in the 21st Century: Controversies and Challenges