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Title: Street violence amongst young men in London: everyday experiences of masculinity and fear in public space
Authors: Whelan, Michael
Advisors: Alldred, P
Bradford, S
Keywords: Masculinity;Fear;Public space;Youth work;Detached work
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Brunel University School of Sport and Education PhD Theses
Abstract: Arising out of widespread concerns that incidents of street violence amongst young people in the UK were spiralling out of control, this research draws on feminist deconstructions of the public-private space divide to emphasise the importance of a social constructionist perspective on street violence; street violence as it is experienced, understood and constructed by young people. Methodologically this research combines ethnography with Critical Discourse Analysis in what has been referred to as critical ethnography (Fairclough, 2001). Adopting a practitioner research approach within a primarily street based youth work setting, accounts were drawn from a range of sources, including interviews and participant observation with youth workers, young people and local public figures. This study draws out the implications for young men’s subjective experiences of the inner city streets near where they live, focusing on the construction of masculinities in the context of political pressures and institutionalised discourses of young people. The young men in this research experienced uncertain and often fearful public spaces in which the ability to construct a credible propensity for violence was an essential part of a successful masculine identity. It is suggested that a significantly greater focus is required on critical gender identity work with young men, specifically in relation to their identity constructions in public space.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
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