Children, violence, and social exclusion: Negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio

Berents, Helen (2015) Children, violence, and social exclusion: Negotiation of everyday insecurity in a Colombian barrio. Critical Studies on Security, 3(1), pp. 90-104.

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Discourses on in/security are often concerned with structures and meta-narratives of the state and other institutions; however, such attention misses the complexities of the everyday consequences of insecurity. In Colombia’s protracted conflict, children are disproportionately affected yet rarely consulted, rendering it difficult to account for their experiences in meaningful ways. This article draws on fieldwork conducted with conflict-affected children in an informal barrio community on the periphery of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, to explore how children articulate experiences of insecurity. It examines how stereotypes of violence and delinquency reinforce insecurity; how multiple violences impact young people’s lives; and how children themselves conceive of responses to these negative experiences. These discussions are underpinned by a feminist commitment of attention to the margins and engage with those for whom insecurity is a daily phenomenon. The effects of deeply embedded insecurity, violence, and fear for young people in Colombia require a more nuanced theoretical engagement with notions of insecurity, as well as the complexities of connections and dissonances within everyday life.

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ID Code: 83518
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 18 Mar 2015. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 18 September 2016
Keywords: children, youth, colombia, insecurity, social exclusion, violence
DOI: 10.1080/21624887.2015.1014703
ISSN: 2162-4909
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2015 01:25
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 15:32

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