Effacing and Obscuring Autonomy: The Effects of Structural Violence on the Transition to Adulthood of Street Involved Youth

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Title: Effacing and Obscuring Autonomy: The Effects of Structural Violence on the Transition to Adulthood of Street Involved Youth
Authors: Taylor, Susannah
Date: 2017
Abstract: This thesis examines the role of structural violence in the contemporary transition to adulthood of street involved youth. Anchored in structural social work, the study understands the origin of social problems and of violence to be structural rather than individual. Conducted in two phases, the study used participatory action and arts-informed methods, group discussions, and semi-structured interviews. Autonomy, a key component of the contemporary transition to adulthood, was central to the research results. The findings demonstrated that structural violence works to misrepresent or to nullify street involved youths’ expressions of autonomy. Structural violence affects how they exercise and manifest their autonomy as well as how their autonomy is represented or socially valued. The findings made visible the invisible structural violence, illuminating social causes of individual problems. Accordingly, to better support street involved youth and the development of their autonomy during their transition to adulthood, the study proposes recommendations for practice, policy, and research that target systems level change.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/36605
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-20885
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