External Events

Street Violence, State Violence, Symbolic Violence

How Does Youth and Community Work Respond?

University of West of Scotland

May 9th 2013

A BERA Youth Studies and Informal Education/TAG event

The aim of this day is to deepen our understandings of how youth and community work can be implicated with violence and how this can be addressed. Presentations of current research will highlight the complexity of these relationships, particularly in the context of symbolic violence against communities in ‘the riot-torn areas of our cities.’ To enable dialogue between research and practice, academic papers will be used to support workshops focussed on critical enquiry into specific practice-related themes.

‘One young man interviewed told the researchers: ‘There ain’t no gangs here. Drugs,yes. Gangs,no.’ While a community worker in the same area said ‘There is gang activity. Definitely gang activity.’ - Patrick Williams, Rob Ralphs and Hannah Smithson, MMU

‘Inter-agency collaboration through youth work and street work tackles youth offending and promotes desistance through taking on generative pursuits: acting as mentors, sharing testimonies,going on spiritual journeys.’ - Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland

Street Violence, State Violence, Symbolic Violence – Advance Programme

Morning Session 11am - 1.00pm

- Presentations by Patrick Williams, MMU; Geoff Bright, MMU & ESRI; and Jean Spence, University of Durham and Carol Stephenson, Northumbria University (TBC)

Patrick Williams will draw on current criminological research into the effect of ‘gang-talk’, while Geoff Bright will discuss his social research into the inheritance of the 1984-5 Miner’s Strike in former mining areas and the impact of trauma on communities. Jean Spence and Carol Stephenson will discuss women in mining communities’ responses to the violence of the 1984-5 period.

- Focussed workshops on: o Women’s role in response to agendas of violence

o Working against the labels

o Re-claiming histories and memories of refusals of symbolic and state violence


Afternoon Session 2.00pm - 4.00pm

- Presentations by Professor Ross Deuchar and Dr. Muhammad Khan (TBC)

Professor Deuchar will present his research with police in Glasgow and U.S.A., focussing on the value of youth work as a practice which promotes desistance. Dr. Khan will present on the work of the Muslim Youth Work Foundation and the rejection of response to ‘events’ as a sufficient basis for youth work practice.

- Focussed Workshops on: o The Superman/Clarke Kent issue: role of ex-‘gang members’

o Against military academies?

o Practicing otherwise: non-violence as a principle of informal education


This is an advance programme, and as such is subject to change. A more detailed programme will be available nearer the time.

The event will be free to TAG and BERA members, but a small charge will be made for lunch and refreshments on the day.

To register for the day contact: Ian McGimpsey, ian.mcgimpsey@gmail.com

To offer to introduce a workshop theme contact: Janet Batsleer, j.batsleer@mmu.ac.uk

Directions and transport to the Hamilton Campus of the University of West Scotland can be found at http://www.uws.ac.uk/about-uws/campuses/hamilton/ . Further details TBC.

Additional material

Street Violence Programme

Touch Invite

Touch Plan

Touch Registration


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Changing Attitudes to Dating Violence

Changing Attitudes to Dating Violence – a European Game Based Intervention

Find out about why this interaction is necessary, how it works and the results

Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:30 — 13:00

Keynote speakers from DG CONNECT and DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Location: Greater Birmingham West Midlands Brussels Office, 22-28 Avenue d’Auderghem, 1040 Brussels




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