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Beyond Gang Exit: Communities of practice, researchers and peace dividend

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Brock University, Hamilton Campus

1842 King St E.

Hamilton, ON L8K 1V7

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The Summer Institute for Peace in Civil Society invites registration for our 2018 theme: “Beyond Gang Exit: Communities of practice, researchers and the case for a domestic peace dividend”. Be a part of a discussion that shares best practices regionally, nationally and internationally. Hear about and contribute to knowledge dissemination and research development for how to include youth, promote conflict resolution, strengthen skills development and training and promote youth-based social enterprises for effective and sustainable gang exit.

Mainstream civil society and government responses to youth gangs around the world centre on short-term militaristic tactics based on fear, hatred and misrepresentation. The result has been a blaming of youth for violence but this perspective avoids basic acknowledgment that the expansion and deepening of gang culture among youth is spurred by the ‘structural’ violence of fear mongering by politicians, repressive tactics of police, over-use of incarceration and intensifying exclusion of already marginalized youth.

This first Summer Institute for Peace in Civil Society begins from the premise that youth gangs are a rational response to irrational and traumatic conditions arising from youth-hating ideologies and the coincidence or design of public policy. Aggressive laws and law enforcement, poverty by policy, colonialism, homophobia, racism, sexism and the school to prison pipeline are among the sites which generate the conditions to which youths respond to the failings of civil society, policy makers and their elders. Civil society organizations, engagement of representative politics, schools and detention centres are also sites at which we can begin to demonstrate to youth the caring and peaceful measures we want them to emulate toward strengthening communities.

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1842 King St E.

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