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Dangerous Encounters? Boys? peer dynamics and neighbourhood risk

Parkes, J; Conolly, A; (2013) Dangerous Encounters? Boys? peer dynamics and neighbourhood risk. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 34 (1) pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

This article traces links between subjectivity, peer relations and neighbourhood risk for a group of boys living in an area of London with high levels of crime, gang activity and socio-economic inequality. Drawing on data from a qualitative study of young people and neighbourhood risk, we use a psycho-social approach to analyse how gendered subjectivities are shaped by the specific social context. We found that tough masculinities were performed by boys across different social arenas of school, neighbourhood and in the context of a weekly research group. But the boys were also troubled by these masculinities, and their own engagement in data analysis illuminated some of their fears. While the tough masculine ideal is revealed often to be a masquerade, it nevertheless exerts a powerful and pernicious influence over the subjectivities of young men trying to navigate safely through a context of everyday risks.

Type: Article
Title: Dangerous Encounters? Boys? peer dynamics and neighbourhood risk
Additional information: This paper discusses findings from an ESRC funded study on young people and neighbourhood risk. The analysis adds to knowledge about the relationship between subjectivity and risk, and specifically to how young men living in gang and crime hotspots manage risk. The paper also discusses the innovative methodology, combining a dialogical approach with psychosocial analysis.
Keywords: Masculinities, Youth violence, Psycho-social, Risk, Urban, Peer groups, London, Community, Peer
UCL classification: UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice & Society
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566254
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