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"You're like a prisoner in your house. She's not allowed to go anywhere." Autonomy in young people's familial relationships in areas affected by high youth crime

Conolly, Anna and Parkes, Jenny (2012) "You're like a prisoner in your house. She's not allowed to go anywhere." Autonomy in young people's familial relationships in areas affected by high youth crime. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1 (2). pp. 155-172. ISSN 2046-7435. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper examines how young people living in a London neighbourhood with high levels of crime, negotiate risk with their parents. Parenting strategies for protecting children from risk have been criticised as authoritarian and over-protective, or as neglectful and chaotic. As they discussed how their own families grappled with anxieties about crime, violence and sexual activity, the young people in this study described complex relationships characterised by sensitive negotiation, bounded trust, and support to manage life in a tough neighbourhood. While many families seemed able to maintain a balance between control and autonomy, and to smooth over discord, for others relationships were fractured, further increasing risks to their safety in a context of routine sexual harassment and gang activity. The paper concludes by considering the implications for risk management.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Families/ young people/ risk / social exclusion / urban , Parenting
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:11
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:01
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