Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth

Speaking Out and Pushing Back

Edited by Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Kate Elliott and Eugenia Canas  

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Though interpersonal violence is widely studied, much less has been done to understand structural violence, the often-invisible patterns of inequality that reproduce social relations of exclusion and marginalization through ideologies, policies, stigmas, and discourses attendant to gender, race, class, and other markers of social identity. Structural violence normalizes experiences like poverty, ableism, sexual harassment, racism, and colonialism, and erases their social and political origins. The legal structures that provide impunity for those who exploit youth are also part of structural violence’s machinery.

Working with Indigenous, queer, immigrant and homeless youth across Canada, this five-year Youth-based Participatory Action Research project used art to explore the many ways that structural violence harms youth, destroying hope, optimism, a sense of belonging and a connection to civil society. However, recognizing that youth are not merely victims, Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth also examines the various ways youth respond to and resist this violence to preserve their dignity, well-being and inclusion in society.

  • Social Work
  • ISBN: 9781773631035
  • July 2020
  • 248 Pages
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  • Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth builds the case for placing an intensely focused lens on the structural and systemic drivers of violence in the lives of youth. The writers critically analyze and validate the efficacy of a youth-centred participatory action research approach to addressing structural violence affecting youth in an engaging and convincing manner. Highlighting the efficacy of art as a tool for identifying social pathogens, enabling resistance and building resilience, and healing existing trauma adds significant value to this interesting and timely text.

    This book would make an excellent addition to the library of any social worker directly engaging and providing interventions with clients in the youth population group. The book could also provide a primer for social workers serving younger populations by providing insights on assisting clients to build pre-emptive skills and resilience.

    — Andrew Brown, British Columbia Association of Social Workers, Perspectives | Spring Summer 2021


  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Editor and Contributor Biographies
  • Re-thinking Violence, Re-thinking Health, and Re-thinking Research (Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Kate Elliott & Eugenia Canas)
  • Using Y-PAR and the Arts to Address Structural Violence in the Lives of Youth: Methodological Considerations (Eugenia Canas, Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao & Abe Oudshoorn)
  • From Protection to Expulsion: A Critical Examination of Aging Out of Care (Jennifer Fallis and Kendra Nixon)
  • Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations: Portrayals of Indigenous and Muslim Youth in the Canadian Press (Yasmin Jiwani)
  • Indigenous Youth Use Art in the Fight for Justice, Equality and Culture (Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Kate Elliott & Michelle Brake)
  • Structural Violence in the Lives of Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Abe Oudshoorn & Jessica Justrabo)
  • Newcomer Youth Seeking Inclusion and Caring Responses (Rita Isabel Henderson, Anshini Shah, Lynda Ashbourne, Rachel Ward, Alex Werier, Cathryn Rodrigues & Wilfreda E. Thurston)
  • Trans Pirates for Justice: Gender and Sexual Minority Youth Resist Structural Violence (Mina Harker, Alex Werier, Cathryn Rodrigues, Wilfreda E. Thurston & Rita Isabel Henderson)
  • The Emotional Exhaustion Created by Systemic Violence: How We Respond through Social Movement, Action and Zines (Jenna Rose Sands)
  • Can It Make a Difference? Evaluating Y-PAR as a Health Promotion Strategy (Holly Johnson and Alyssa Louw)
  • Speaking Truth to Power (Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Helene Berman & Eugenia Canas))
  • Index


  • Helene Berman

    Helene Anne Berman is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao

    Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a Metis counsellor and associate professor of social work at the University of Montreal.

  • Kate Elliott

    Kate Elliott is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and is currently completing her residency in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

  • Eugenia Canas

    Eugenia Canas, PhD, coordinates the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI), and is Research Director at MINDS of London-Middlesex.

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