Recognising and Countering Symbolic Violence

  • Nicola Sim
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


This chapter adopts Bourdieu’s concept of ‘symbolic violence’ to think through the implications of participants from youth organisations encountering and assimilating within galleries’ core youth programmes. Often framed around peer-led practice, many gallery youth programmes in the UK seek to engage young people on a regular basis as part of a committed group that curates events and projects for peers. This chapter examines the inclusivity of this model and forefronts the voices of youth workers, who are shown to possess important abilities to perceive exclusionary forces, as well as recognise young people’s diverse forms of cultural capital. A key aim is to suggest ways that youth work expertise can be best positioned and utilised within partnerships to support young people’s authentic and sustained engagement.


Symbolic violence Capitals Bourdieu Peer-led Youth work Galleries 


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  • Nicola Sim
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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