Prevention, Regulation and Young People: Tools and Technologies of Risk

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
TG04 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (host committee)

Language: English

In regional and global contexts of significant social, economic and technical change, narratives of risk and uncertainty are widespread. No generational group is more associated with 'risk' in the public imagination than young people. Politicians and policy makers are increasingly exercised by how to prevent young people from taking risks or being exposed to various harms. Identified as at risk from others - in addition to being a potential risk to themselves and to the fabric of communities -young people have become subject to a panoply of new technologies of monitoring and surveillance designed to control their behavior. Recent critical assessments of interventions targeted to ‘risk’ suggest that strategies and techniques used may have unintended consequences that, not only fuel public anxieties about youth deviancy and behavior, but impart ‘common sense’ notions regarding the culpability and responsibility of children, parents and carers. To develop this body of work, this stream invites abstracts from academics and practitioners engaged in the critical assessment of tools and technologies aimed to prevent risk among young people. Those abstracts exploring the impacts and potential consequences of such interventions on young people’s perception of themselves and their behavior will be of particular interest
Session Organizer:
Sam WESTON, University of Keele, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Young People & Sexting: Risks, Gifts, and Shame.
Murray LEE, University of Sydney, Australia