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Territorialities in Scotland: perceptions of young people in Glasgow

Deuchar, Ross and Holligan, Christopher Peter (2009) Territorialities in Scotland: perceptions of young people in Glasgow. Journal of Youth Studies, 12 (6). pp. 731-746. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of an exploratory, small-scale qualitative research enquiry into the perceptions and experiences of young people in communities afflicted by deprivation in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. The context within which we address this focus contains a culture reputed to involve sectarianism, territoriality and gangs. Glasgow has a reputation for being a 'hard place'. The official crime statistics are consistent with comparatively high levels of violent crime impacting upon this culture. We adopted semi-structured interviews in order to explore young people's perspectives as well as those working with them in youth venues. Most of the data collection took place in 'youth centres' close to the two stadiums of the major Scottish football clubs, namely Rangers and Celtic. Social capital theory is incorporated into the analysis of the results. The findings suggest that territoriality is the dominant parameter shaping their experience of and perceptions regarding neighbourhood areas, a conclusion endorsed by recent research about religious intermarriage.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27407
Keywords: gangs, youth culture, lifestyles, identity, territoriality, Communities. Classes. Races, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Sociology and Political Science, Social Sciences(all), Life-span and Life-course Studies
Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2010 14:38
Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:15
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27407

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