Dwyer, AE, Embodying youthful vulnerabilities and policing public spaces, Policing encounters with vulnerability, Palgrave Macmillan, NL Asquith, I Bartkowiak-Theron and KA Roberts (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 47-70. ISBN 978-3-319-51227-3 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]
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Young people are often defined as a vulnerable group due simply to their age and incapacity to protect 'their own interests' (Macklin 2012: 65). Some young people, though, have a considerably more vulnerable and complex status, with many intersecting forms of vulnerability, including age and circumstances, which might be termed needs, adversity, resilience or riskiness (Brown 2015). Young people often experience multiple, intersecting vulnerabilities at once, not unlike Luna's (2009) layered approach to vulnerability where vulnerabilities can be flexible and acquired depending on status and location. Vulnerabilities can be inherent (because of a stage of life or an intellectual disability) or created through individual circumstances (such as being homeless or living in an abusive family environment) (Brown 2014, 2015).
I contend that vulnerabilities can be thoroughly embodied, performed and enacted on bodies and through bodies. My argument somewhat aligns with Harrison (2008: 423) who suggests that vulnerability ought to be conceptualised as 'an inherent and noneliminable aspect of corporeal existence', and draws on the work of Butler (2004: 29) who states that vulnerability 'is part of bodily life' (see also Thorneycroft in this collection). Some authors have similarly conceptualised vulnerability in relation to young people, but again the focus is on how bodies perform identities in ways that render the individual vulnerable, and therefore in need of remedy, such as how young gay males embody identities that make them the target of violence (Barron and Bradford 2007). My argument aligns with conceptualisations of embodied vulnerability in which the performances of bodies constitute vulnerability as a corporeal element of young people's existences, and that bodies are core to these experiences.
|Item Type:||Research Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||young people, police, public space, vulnerability, embodiment, body|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Field:||Police Administration, Procedures and Practice|
|Objective Division:||Law, Politics and Community Services|
|Objective Group:||Justice and the Law|
|Objective Field:||Law Enforcement|
|Author:||Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Social Sciences|
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