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The youth centre as a ‘sanctuary’ in aiding safer communities for young people

Tickle, SJ (2016) The youth centre as a ‘sanctuary’ in aiding safer communities for young people. Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, 29.

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Young people’s visibility in public space has been a prominent feature of concern throughout history, especially in times of social and economic uncertainty. There have also been specific moments in time when young people have been considered particularly ‘problematic’. This is because historically, particular groups of young people have been considered a threat to the social order, requiring regulation and control (Cohen, 2002; Pearson, 1983; Humphries, 1981) and have attracted ‘more theorising and moralising in the past century than almost any other social group’ (Humphries, 1981: 1). Since 1815 various institutions have imposed social control on a specific, identifiable group of young people - the poor and the working class. But as Pearson (1983) reminded us, we have been plagued by the same concerns and fears, which characterise the young people of the day as ‘problematic’, from one generation to the next. The governance of youth therefore has evolved and developed through various institutions and agencies regulating the everyday lives of young people, particularly working class young people, through education, employment and leisure (Muncie, 1984; Humphries, 1981).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young people; Youth Centre; Governance; Safety
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:00
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:57
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5514
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