Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse and Gang Involvement

Violence at Home, Violence On-Road

By Jade Levell

Published

Jun 13, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529219807

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 13, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529219814

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 13, 2022

Page count

216 pages

ISBN

978-1529219814

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Boys, Childhood Domestic Abuse and Gang Involvement

Boys and young men have been previously overlooked in domestic violence and abuse policy and practice, particularly in the case of boys who are criminalized and labelled as gang-involved by the time they reach their teens.

Jade Levell offers radical and important insights into how boys in this context navigate their journey to manhood with the constant presence of violence in their lives, in addition to poverty and racial marginalization. Of equal interest to academics and front-line practitioners, the book highlights the narratives of these young men and makes practice recommendations for supporting these ‘hidden victims’.

“Using music elicitation interviews, Levell offers a unique insight into the impact early childhood trauma, via hidden experiences of domestic violence, has on the life trajectories of gang-involved young men.” Robert McLean, University of the West of Scotland

“Jade Levell has produced a study which is methodological, creative and original. The book offers important insights into the relationship between childhood traumas and young people’s involvement with gangs. It should be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how to help young men navigate trajectories into adulthood.” James Windle, University College Cork

"Combining methodological innovation and compelling analysis, this ground-breaking book by Jade Levell is indispensable to anyone seeking to make sense of violence in the lives of boys and young men." Keir Irwin-Rogers, The Open University

“A timely and thought-provoking book that shines a spotlight on the intersection of masculinities and social inequalities for boys from marginalized backgrounds living in contexts of violence.” Claudia Bernard, Goldsmiths, University of London

“This brutally honest book explores the ways in which domestic violence, trauma, and fear interact to create 'on road' identities. Academics, students, and practitioners interested in this subject should read this book.” Tara Young, University of Kent

Jade Levell is Lecturer in Criminology and Gender Violence at the University of Bristol.

Part 1: Foundations

1. Masculinity, Marginalization, and Patriarchal Violence

2. Invisible Victims of Domestic Abuse, Hypervisible in Gangs

3. Music as Method

Part 2: Life-History Research

4. Childhood Domestic Violence and Abuse

5. Learning How to Be a Man On-Road

6. ‘a man’/‘The Man’

7. Love and Fear

8. The Road Ahead

Part 3: Joining the Dots

9. Policy Links: Why is ‘Domestic Abuse’ Not ‘Serious Violence’? A False Dichotomy

10. Understanding the Pathways from Domestic Abuse to Gang Involvement

11. Masculinity, Vulnerability, and Violence