Taming “The Young Urban Beast”: Does youths’ inclusion in social and political institutions prevent the institutionalization of collective youth violence?
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Why is it that in some cases of collective violent urban unrest exercised by youths, violence declines after a certain time span whereas in other cases violence reoccurs within periodical intervals? Causes for the outbreak and the prolonging of violent conflict have been studied widely, whereas explanations for the prevention of an institutionalization of collective violence portray a gap in research in the field of peace and conflict studies.
This thesis combines the topics of spaces of urban violence, youth, and policy responses. Arguing that marginalized urban spaces experience a higher propensity for youth riots, this research project looks at municipalities’ policy responses contributing to the improvement of youths’ situation in these spaces. It investigates whether youths’ inclusion into social and political institutions affects the likelihood that collective attention-seeking youth violence becomes institutionalized. Results from a structured, focused comparison show that youths’ inclusion into social and political institutions can prevent an institutionalization of collective violence and hint at the importance of local actors’ engagement for violence prevention.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 62 p.
urban violence, collective attention-seeking youth violence, institutionalization of violence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300993DiVA: diva2:953154
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies