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
  • Forthcoming July 2020
  • 177 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Contributor Bios
  • Introduction: Re-thinking Violence, Re-thinking Health, and Re-thinking Research (Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson & Kate Elliott)
  • Bringing to Life Youth-Centered Research: Our Experiences with YPAR and Arts-Based Approaches (Eugenia Canas, Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson& Abe Oudshoorn)
  • Indigenous Youth and Uses of Art in the Fight for Justice, Equality and Culture in Canada (Kate Elliot, Cathy Richardson & Michelle Brake)
  • Structural Violence in the Lives of Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Abe Oudshoorn & Jessica Justrabo)
  • Trans Pirates for Justice:Gender and Sexual Minority Youth Resist Structural Violence in Systems of Care (Mina Harker, Alex Werier, Cathryn Rodrigues, Wilfreda E. Thurston & Rita Isabel Henderson)
  • Newcomer Youth Seeking Inclusion and Caring Responses after Arriving in Canada (Rita Isabel Henderson, Anshini Shah, Lynda Ashbourne, Rachel Ward, Alex Werier, Cathryn Rodrigues & Wilfreda E. Thurson)
  • From Protection to Expulsion:  A Critical Examination of Aging-out-of-Care Policy within Canadian Child Protection Services (Jennifer Fallis & Kendra Nixon)
  • ‘Savages and Barbarians’: Representations of Indigenous and Muslim Youth in the Canadian Press (Yasmin Jiwani & Matthew Dessner)
  • Can It Make a Difference? Evaluating YPAR as a Health Promotion Strategy (Holly Johnson & Alyssa Louw)
  • The Emotional Exhaustion Created by Systemic Violence and How We Respond through Social Movement, Action and Zines (Jenna Rose Sands)
  • In Conclusion:  Speaking Truth to Power (Catherine Richardson & Helene Berman)
  • References
  • 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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