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ERIC Number: EJ892944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Victim or Troublemaker? Young People in Residential Care
Jansen, Anne
Journal of Youth Studies, v13 n4 p423-437 Aug 2010
Young people who live in residential care are caught between discourses of being a victim of abuse and inadequate care or being a troublemaker by their own conduct. Both discourses are rooted in the reasons for placement, and they will offer subject positions that are experienced as troubled. Repeated interviews with young people living in residential care provided by child protection services demonstrate how the youths position themselves within such prevailing discourses and negotiate social claims and expectations of appropriate development. While some try to normalise their problematic behaviour and thereby reject being a troublemaker, others insist that they are victimised as a result of the placement and thus displace the cause of their troubles. The study shows that, in this negotiation of possible subjectivities, some youths manage to take advantage of the placement in surprising ways, while others get blocked in their own developmental efforts. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway