Youth, Violence, and the Reproduction of Social Inequalities


Youth, Violence, and the Reproduction of Social Inequalities



Caroline Hauer, Ariana Adkins, Melissa Moore


Presentation: 9:00-10:00 a.m., Kennedy Union 312



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.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Jamie Small

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