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Violent Youth Culture in Northern Ireland: Young Men, Violence and the Challenges of Peacebuilding.

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Harland, Ken (2011) Violent Youth Culture in Northern Ireland: Young Men, Violence and the Challenges of Peacebuilding. Youth & Society, 43 . pp. 422-430. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0044118X10383530


This paper discusses violent male youth culture in Northern Ireland within the context of a society emerging from a prolonged period of political violence towards peacebuilding. Specifically, the paper focuses on the findings from a qualitative study carried out by the Centre for Young Men’s Studies with 130 marginalized young men aged 13 – 16 from 20 different communities across Northern Ireland addressing themes of violence, conflict and safety. Despite a changing context of peacebuilding, findings reveal that violence and paramilitary influence continue to perpetuate a male youth sub culture epitomized by sectarianism and increasing racist attitudes. Underpinning this is an enduring cycle of suspicion, fear and distrust of others, and a confused state of mind that leaves these young men ‘stuck’ somewhere between the ceasefire mentality of paramilitaries and the ambiguous messages of peacebuilding. This paper concludes by stating the need for more realistic ways to engage and integrate marginalized young men into their communities.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:marginalized young men, violence and paramilitaries, peacebuilding and youth work
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:17197
Deposited By:Dr Ken Harland
Deposited On:09 Mar 2011 16:11
Last Modified:20 Mar 2012 12:19

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