The general vibe from most people was that I wouldn’t get many takers. To make it easier for young people to participate in my research, I chose to drive for hours and meet wherever they wanted: homes, youth centres, the local shops, wherever. Also, my university ethics board said I couldn’t talk to people under… Read More Swear Words & Youth Participation
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?
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
Series: Insights from youthful workers I had a great chat with Aaron Garth from Ultimate Youth Worker about youth work, power and neoliberalism. You can listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/ultimateyouthworker/youth-work-and-power For more great youth work resources check out Ultimate Youth Worker.
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
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
Series: Youthful thoughts on modern life In 2014 Henry Giroux used the term “neoliberal violence” when writing about young people in the US protesting rising inequality, unemployment and the privatisation of public goods like health-care and education. Now I’ve probably lost most people (unless you’re an academic type) with the term “neoliberal”. Sorry about that.… Read More The violence of “hollow” government