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Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work$
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Mike Seal and Pete Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323099.001.0001

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A sports-based response to youth violence

A sports-based response to youth violence

(p.195) Twelve A sports-based response to youth violence
Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work

Mike Seal

Pete Harris

Policy Press

This chapter critically examines a project in Cologne, Germany that exclusively uses sport to engage with young people and employs innovative delivery methods to respond to violence, such as the use of football and, notably, street based-boxing activities. Through the use of a detailed case study, the authors illustrate how sports such as boxing can, when delivered by a reflexive youth worker, create opportunities for young people to ‘play with the moment of escalation’ and become more reflexive too, thereby opening up possibilities to construct alternative identities.

Keywords:   Cologne, sport, football, boxing, moment of escalation, reflexivity, alternative identities

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