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Palgrave Macmillan

Preventing Youth Violence

Rethinking the Role of Gender and Schools

ISBN 9781137365682
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Times Higher Education Summer Read 2014
Youth violence is a persisting social problem. National and global campaigns and interventions have sought to influence young people's behaviour and attitudes, yet rates of youth violence have not decreased significantly. Preventing Youth Violence: Rethinking the Role of Gender in Schools argues that young people's perspectives should inform future work on violence prevention and that particular attention should be given to how they relate to different forms of violence and also to the role of gender. This will enable future prevention work to be more targeted and to acknowledge teenagers' varying understandings of violence. The book indicates that British teenagers consider some forms of violence to be acceptable, understandable and even deserved, and that violence is not always viewed as problematic. It explores the reasons underlying these views on violence and considers how this knowledge can be used in prevention work in schools.

Vanita Sundaram is Senior Lecturer in Education, University of York, UK. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the International Gender and Education Association.


1. The Case for Youth-Informed Violence Prevention

2. Re-establishing the Link between Gender and Violence

3. Capturing Youth Perspectives on Violence: Approaches and Techniques

4. What is Violence? Characterisations and Understandings of Violence

5. Asserting Gender through Narrative about Violence

6. What is the Role of Schools in Violence Prevention?

7. Examining the Role of (Gender in) Schools in Preventing Youth Violence


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