Event Details

This event finished on 19 July 2018

This year we focus on juveniles (12-17), youth (18-30) and gangs. Why start with this focus? As human civilization faces unprecedented dangers of its making, we begin with the recognition that ‘our youth are our future’. Government responses to youth gangs around the world centre on short-term militaristic tactics based on fear, hatred and misrepresentation. The result has been a blaming of youth for violence but this perspective avoids basic acknowledgment that the expansion and deepening of gang culture among youth is spurred by the ‘structural’ violence of fear mongering by politicians, repressive tactics of police, over-use of incarceration and intensifying exclusion of already marginalized youth. For more information visit: https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/sociology/si4pics/