Neoliberal Violence and Marketised Youth Services

  • Ben Arnold LohmeyerEmail author
Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 11)


In this chapter, I return to Giroux’s (2014) description of the ‘merging of violence and governance’ (p. 226) as neoliberal violence and argue that this language is useful to make visible the violating effects of neoliberalism on young people’s lives. Neoliberalism and the dominance of a competitive market rationale construct individualising and highly regulated performativities for young people that deny them access to the promises of participation and justice afforded to previous generations. I begin this chapter by providing some parameters for the discussion of neoliberalism. The remainder of the chapter is divided into two parts. The first section contains participants responses to a specific manifestation of the neoliberal violence (Fair Process). The final section steps back from the specifics of Fair Process and positions it as an exemplar of the effect of neoliberal violence on youth services and subsequently on young people’s lives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tabor, College of Higher EducationFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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