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ERIC Number: EJ780262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
The Multiple Meanings of Violence: Children's Talk about Life in a South African Neighbourhood
Parkes, Jenny
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v14 n4 p401-414 2007
Drawing on data from an empirical study of children's engagements with violence in South Africa, this article explores children's talk about violence in their neighbourhood. Violence entered into children's daily lives in many forms, repelling and disempowering them. At the same time, violence could attract, when it was understood as a form of capital or a source of control. As children tried to negotiate subject positions in relation to violence, they experienced conflicts and tensions; in managing these tensions, they both resisted and perpetuated violent beliefs and practices. The article concludes by considering the implications for the well-being of young people, and by suggesting ways in which programmes and interventions might support children's resistance to violence. [This study was also supported by the Trauma Centre for the Survivors of Violence and Torture.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa