Neither Seeing Nor Seen: Exclusion and Double Exclusion in the Lives of Young People Involved in the Drug Trade in Israel

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Abstract

Social exclusion has been identified as a prominent factor informing our understanding of young people involvement in gang life, violence and crime. While the literature on social exclusion focuses on the education and employment systems, there is a limited literature regarding the role played by correctional institutions in exacerbating social exclusion. This article explores the reciprocal relationships between young people involved in the drug trade in Israel and various educational and correctional services in their community. It focuses on a term commonly articulated by the youth, ‘not seeing with the eyes’, which they use to describe themselves as consciously, purposefully and openly ignoring and flouting societal norms. However, the educational and correctional services present a similar attitude, manifesting institutional blindness in connection with the youth and hence contributing to the double exclusion of young men. The article exposes the practices and processes through which this double exclusion takes place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-52
Number of pages17
JournalYoung
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • community
  • drug trade
  • juvenile delinquency
  • parole services
  • street gangs
  • youth court

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