Freedom From Symbolic Violence? Facilitators and Barriers to Participatory Practices in Youth Justice

Sean Creaney, Samantha Burns*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Child First Participation agenda in England marks a paradigm shift in youth justice. This solidifies a commitment to democratising decision-making
processes with children. Drawing on interviews with children and professionals, this paper explores the enablers and constraints to Child First participation in youth justice services, including how risk-oriented practices, managerialism and neoliberal mechanisms constrain positive relationships with children. In this paper, Bourdieu’s concept of ‘symbolic violence’ is used to explore systemic problems when engaging children in co-producing youth justice interventions. The paper suggests how participatory practices can provide freedom from symbolic violence for both children and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-43
JournalYouth Justice
Early online date11 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • child first
  • habitus
  • participation
  • risk
  • symbolic violence
  • youth justice

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