Embodying Youthful Vulnerabilities and Policing Public Spaces

  • Angela DwyerEmail author


Vulnerabilities are embodied by young people in ways that make them subject to policing in public spaces. While existing literature tends to suggest that young people come to the attention of police because there is a ‘problem’ with a young person which needs to be ‘fixed’ (e.g. homelessness), or a ‘problem’ with a police officer that needs to be ‘fixed’ (e.g. homophobic attitudes), this chapter contends that these relationships are by no means stable because vulnerabilities are always already embodied and shifting in time and space. Using examples from three qualitative research projects around young people, policing, and crime prevention, the chapter argues that we need a new way of thinking about youthful vulnerabilities as embodied in ways which make them impossible to pin down, and therefore effectively ‘remedy’. The chapter highlights how youthful vulnerabilities might be conceptualised as discursively produced by, and contingent upon, the localised contexts/spaces in which policing and crime prevention happen with young people and the public places that they inhabit.


Young People Police Officer Intellectual Disability Young Person Public Space 
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of TasmaniaTasmaniaAustralia

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