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Youth and Violent Performativities

Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence


Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 15-33
  3. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 35-53
  4. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 55-77
  5. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 79-100
  6. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 101-123
  7. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 125-142
  8. Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
    Pages 163-174
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-177

About this book


This book challenges the dominant narrative of young people being a uniquely violent group. Instead, the book critically examines how young people become violent as they enact and resist the available violent performativities in youth. It focuses on the experiences of 28 young people in Australia who are subjected to violence, who use violence and who resist violence. A critical analysis of these young people’s “messy” stories facilitates a reframing of the physical violence routinely attributed to young people as a product of violating systems and structures. 

The author constructs a converging theoretical landscape to re-examine youth, violence and resistance at the intersection of the sociology of violence and the sociology of youth. Drawing on interviews with young Australians, the book makes a valuable contribution to contemporary international scholarship on youth and violence, while also examining the potential for complicity to violence in youth research and practice. In doing so it offers youth scholars and practitioners a framework for reassessing their theoretical frameworks and methods for studying and working with young people in connection with violence.


Hyper-governed young people in Australia Youth violence and resistance Youth participation in research Youth political participation Symbolic violence Structural and cultural violence Neoliberal violence Liberal-paternalist governance Relationships of power Protest and resistance movements Governing youth Sanctioning violence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tabor, College of Higher EducationFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a youth sociologist and youth worker. He is an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University and Head of Youth Work at Tabor. Ben’s research interests include youth, violence and youth work practice. Ben has worked in a range of youth work settings concerning issues of justice, violence and peacebuilding. He has published in international journals including the Journal of Youth Studies, Current Sociology and Qualitative Research. Ben holds a Ph.D. from Flinders University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Youth and Violent Performativities
  • Book Subtitle Re-Examining the Connection Between Young People and Violence
  • Authors Ben Arnold Lohmeyer
  • Series Title Perspectives on Children and Young People
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives on Children and Young People
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-5541-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-5544-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-5542-8
  • Series ISSN 2365-2977
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-2985
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 177
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Youth Offending and Juvenile Justice
    Social Policy
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