Peer on peer abuse: safeguarding implications of contextualising abuse between young people within social fields

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/565790
Title:
Peer on peer abuse: safeguarding implications of contextualising abuse between young people within social fields
Authors:
Firmin, Carlene Emma
Abstract:
An existing body of research indicates that peer-on-peer abuse, involving the physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse of young people by their peers, is an issue of serious concern within the UK. Whilst a range of studies have explored the individual and familial vulnerabilities associated with this phenomenon, there is an increasing recognition of the need to also consider the relationship between young people‟s peer groups, and other pertinent social fields, to their experiences of such abuse. This thesis offers an original contribution to the field by explicitly seeking to develop this contextual approach. It applies an age-specific and gendered interpretation of Bourdieu‟s constructivist structuralism (and specifically the concepts of field, habitus and symbolic violence) to the analysis of nine cases where young people raped or murdered their peers. In doing so, it offers a unique, in-depth, exploration of the interaction between individuals and the social fields that they navigate, in the context of nine abusive incidents. This methodological approach demonstrates how harmful norms underpinning these incidents are informed by a multi-way interplay between various social fields and young people‟s reflexive engagement with this process. It is through this interplay that motives and power hierarchies are established, and gender, age, consent, culpability, vulnerability and ultimately safety, are socially constructed and experienced.
Citation:
Firmin, C.E. (2015) ' Peer on Peer Abuse: Safeguarding Implications of Contextualising Abuse between Young People within Social Fields'. Professional Doctorate Thesis. University of Bedfordshire
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
May-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/565790
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
PhD e-theses

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFirmin, Carlene Emmaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-11T09:10:59Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-11T09:10:59Zen
dc.date.issued2015-05en
dc.identifier.citationFirmin, C.E. (2015) ' Peer on Peer Abuse: Safeguarding Implications of Contextualising Abuse between Young People within Social Fields'. Professional Doctorate Thesis. University of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/565790en
dc.description.abstractAn existing body of research indicates that peer-on-peer abuse, involving the physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse of young people by their peers, is an issue of serious concern within the UK. Whilst a range of studies have explored the individual and familial vulnerabilities associated with this phenomenon, there is an increasing recognition of the need to also consider the relationship between young people‟s peer groups, and other pertinent social fields, to their experiences of such abuse. This thesis offers an original contribution to the field by explicitly seeking to develop this contextual approach. It applies an age-specific and gendered interpretation of Bourdieu‟s constructivist structuralism (and specifically the concepts of field, habitus and symbolic violence) to the analysis of nine cases where young people raped or murdered their peers. In doing so, it offers a unique, in-depth, exploration of the interaction between individuals and the social fields that they navigate, in the context of nine abusive incidents. This methodological approach demonstrates how harmful norms underpinning these incidents are informed by a multi-way interplay between various social fields and young people‟s reflexive engagement with this process. It is through this interplay that motives and power hierarchies are established, and gender, age, consent, culpability, vulnerability and ultimately safety, are socially constructed and experienced.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectsafeguarding implicationsen
dc.subjectcontextualising abuseen
dc.subjectsafeguardingen
dc.subjectpeer-on-peer abuseen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.subjectabuseen
dc.subjectsexual abuseen
dc.subjectemotional abuseen
dc.subjectphysical abuseen
dc.subjectcontextual focusen
dc.titlePeer on peer abuse: safeguarding implications of contextualising abuse between young people within social fieldsen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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