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Vulnerability and young peopleCare and social control in policy and practice$
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Kate Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318170

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318170.001.0001

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Vulnerable young people’s lives

Vulnerable young people’s lives

(p.97) Five Vulnerable young people’s lives
Vulnerability and young people

Kate Brown

Policy Press

This chapter considers lived experiences of vulnerability through focussing on the life stories and perspectives of vulnerable young people. Experiences of abuse, neglect, drug use, homelessness, trouble at school, exploitation, bullying and a range of other ‘vulnerabilities’ are outlined. Vulnerable young people’s aspirations for the future are also illuminated. The chapter underlines that vulnerable people might not necessarily always conform to norms of ‘acceptable’ or ‘passive’ behaviour which the concept of vulnerability seems to confer on them. It highlights a close relationship between vulnerability and deviance.

Keywords:   vulnerability, vulnerable young people, deviance, youth offending, child abuse, child development, imagined futures

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