YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL

Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ranked by Scopus. (c) IARS Publications ISSN 2056-2969

S. Nombuso Dlamini, Uzo Anucha & Alex Lovell (2015) “Defining and Analyzing Community Violence in their Community: Jane-Finch Youth Perception of Violence in their Toronto Community”

This paper discusses findings from a larger research study entitled Assets Coming Together for Youth: ACT (2009 – 2015) that focused on the Jane-Finch neighbourhood, a stigmatized urban environment located in the North York region of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Underpinned by research on urban youth violence and on community characteristics, social capital, and street context, this paper presents the viewpoints of youth from the Jane-Finch community on issues of violence and turf. Data collected by and from youth using a novel qualitative methodology called the Mobile Speakers’ Corner (MSC) investigated (a) how youth identify violence and its causes, (b) how they experience and respond to violence, and (c) the solutions they offer to combat violence in their community. Our findings suggested that youth participants have a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes violence. In addition, the data revealed multiple ways youth have of dealing with the violence in their everyday lives as well as their strategies to combat the violence they see in their community.

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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