Street Violence, State Violence, Symbolic Violence How Does Youth and Community Work Respond?

Street Violence, State Violence, Symbolic Violence
How Does Youth and Community Work Respond?
University of West of Scotland
May 9th 2013
A BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education/TAG event

The aim of this day is to deepen our understandings of how youth and community work can be implicated with violence and how this can be addressed. Presentations of current research will highlight the complexity of these relationships, particularly in the context of symbolic violence against communities in ‘the riot-torn areas of our cities.’ To enable dialogue between research and practice, academic papers will be used to support workshops focussed on critical enquiry into specific practice-related themes.

‘One young man interviewed told the researchers: ‘There ain’t no gangs here. Drugs,yes. Gangs,no.’ While a community worker in the same area said ‘There is gang activity. Definitely gang activity.’ – Patrick Williams, Rob Ralphs and Hannah Smithson, MMU
‘Inter-agency collaboration through youth work and street work tackles youth offending and promotes desistance through taking on generative pursuits: acting as mentors, sharing testimonies,going on spiritual journeys.’ – Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland

11.00-12.30 Key Note and Discussion Patrick Williams and Geoff Bright
Patrick Williams will draw on current criminological research into the effect of ‘gang-talk’, while Geoff Bright will discuss his social research into to the inheritance of the 1984-5 Miner’s Strike in former mining areas and the impact of trauma on communities.

12.30-1.15 Short (ten minute) snaps (for discussion) Mike Seal, Newman College on ‘Working Against Labels: drawing on findings from European street work project’ and Janet Batsleer, MMU ‘Against Military Academies: refusing symbolic and state violence’


1.15-1.45 Lunch


1.45 – 2.30 Professor Ross Deuchar

Professor Deuchar will present his research with police in Glasgow and U.S.A., focussing on the value of youth work as a practice which promotes desistance.

2.30-2.45 Short (10 minute) Snap Provocation by Richard McHugh,Sheffield Hallam. Superman/Clarke Kent The role of the ex-gang-member

2.45-3.30 Sam McCreedy and Ken Harland University of Ulster
Ken writes: Sam and I have been quite heavily involved in work and research with boys and young men around the theme of violence, masculinity, relationships with police, paramilitaries, peacebuilding and more recently in our longitudinal study violence within school and the community – and off course there has been the recent incidents of boys on the streets with the flag protests.
We would be pleased to run a seminar or workshop in our usual ‘interactive way’ .


3.45 Conclusion


The event will be free to TAG and BERA members, but a small charge will be made for lunch and refreshments on the day.
To register for the day contact
To offer to introduce a workshop theme contact: Janet Batsleer,
Directions and transport to the Hamilton Campus of the University of West Scotland can be found at .
Overnight accommodation: Some of us will be staying at: the night before the event.

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