This book offers radical and important insights into a hidden social problem – the neglect of boys and young men’s relationships to DVA in childhood. Boys have been previously the blind spot in DVA policy and professional practice, neglected due to the perception they are potential perpetrators rather than victims. Nowhere is this more pertinent than in the case of boys and young men who are criminalised and labelled as gang-involved by the time they are in their teenage years. This book explores this murky area, sharing understanding about how boys in this context navigate their journey to manhood, with the constant presence of violence in their lives, in the context of poverty and wider marginalisation due to race. In addition to looking at DVA, this book will also touch on other intersecting forms of victimisation, including sexual exploitation, county lines drug dealing and DVA perpetration. The complexity of these social problems will be of equal interest to academics and front-line practitioners alike. The use of Connell’s theoretical approach to focus on power relations, production relations, and cathexis is under-used in contemporary research and this book will show the way this brings forward enlightening insights into masculine gender identity.
|Publication status||In preparation - 2022|
- SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research