Violent acts: why do they do it?

Watts, R, Bessant, J and Webber, R 2003, 'Violent acts: why do they do it?', Australian Social Work, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 247-257.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Violent acts: why do they do it?
Author(s) Watts, R
Bessant, J
Webber, R
Year 2003
Journal name Australian Social Work
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 247
End page 257
Total pages 10
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract There are problems associated with mainstream sociological and criminological research into youth violence. Conventional frameworks ignore the interpretive component of violence and thus fail to treat youth violence as a form of action in which motivations, moral impulses and feelings are constitutive of the action. Young people historically have had little opportunity to enter into dominant discourses about violence. This paper reports on the accounts of 29 young people who have been directly involved in violence. Those young people were asked to define violence and describe what personal and collective meanings they attach to their actions.
Subject Social Work not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1046/j.0312-407x.2003.00080.x
Copyright notice 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN 0312-407X
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