Youth, Violence, and the Reproduction of Social Inequalities
Caroline Hauer, Ariana Adkins, Melissa Moore
Violence -- whether physical or rhetorical -- is a key mechanism by which social groups navigate their status and power. Groups with less power tend to experience disproportionate rates of violence. In this panel, presenters explore the social conditions in which violence emerges; how individuals are impacted and react to violence; and how violence is represented in both mainstream and social media outlets. The first paper investigates how children who experience abuse or trauma go on to enact aggressive behaviors themselves. The second paper investigates how media representations of violent crime committed by American juveniles have evolved since 1980. The third paper investigates inter-generational discourse on TikTok and how adversarial group dynamics contribute to current polarized and politicized identity-based rhetoric on the Internet. Each of these papers is based on original social science research undertaken by presenters for the sociology senior capstone. Taken together, the papers reveal the myriad ways that violence and conflicts emerge in social interactions. This panel should be of interest to folks who are interested in thinking through ways to build a more safe, peaceful, and democratic society.
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Scholarship; Diversity; Critical Evaluation of Our Times
"Youth, Violence, and the Reproduction of Social Inequalities" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3020.