“True stories from bare times on road”: Developing empowerment, identity and social capital among urban minority ethnic young people in London, U.K.

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Briggs, Daniel 2011. “True stories from bare times on road”: Developing empowerment, identity and social capital among urban minority ethnic young people in London, U.K. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 33 (5), pp. 851-871.
AuthorsBriggs, Daniel
Abstract

This paper is based on evaluative research in an inner-London borough on a programme designed to raise self esteem and deter minority ethnic young people from involvement in crime and participation in gangs. The aim of the programme was to work with young people ‘at risk’ or involved with gangs, violent crime and who may use weapons and to divert them from this behaviour. Essentially, the paper explores the way in which minority ethnic young people can be equipped to develop social capital. The paper firstly, applies a brief contextual understanding of urban minority ethnic young peoples experiences of school and ‘street life’; secondly, it will describe the background and aims of the programme and; thirdly will discuss whether and how the programme contributed to developing trust; to notions of awareness and empowerment; self-esteem and identity, and how it impacted on their social and family relationships.

KeywordsSocial capital; Empowerment; Identity; Ethnic minorities
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Journal citation33 (5), pp. 851-871
ISSN1466-4356
Year2011
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1616
Publication dates
Print2011
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2012
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Briggs, D. (2010), ‘“True stories from bare times on road”: Developing empowerment, identity and social capital among urban minority ethnic young people in London, U.K.’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(5), pp. 851-871, DOI: 10.1080/01419870903254687.

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