Tag Archives: Gangs

Engaging Power [4]: Diffusion

How do we fight, how do we conquer? In oppositional models of power, we deploy overwhelming force, to disrupt the structure. The sledgehammer solution. But when the structures of violence are held within coherent social units, the sledgehammer reinforces them. … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [3]: Loci

There is always a locus of engagement, a point where we are anchored. Multiple points maybe, for different contexts of our lives, but some place, or thing, that acts as the tether. If you are at school, the loci may … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [2]: Gangs

What is a gang? A social structure, certainly, with defined membership, and rituals surrounding that. A structure with hierarchy, either formally defined, or discovered through experience, either fixed, or fluid. Territorial: a gang is associated with a subset of geography, … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [1]: Conflict

To think that gangs are an aberration, or impermanent structure, is a mistake: they are stable social structures, governed by the same bonding mechanisms as the local church, or regional police force. They are structures of power, partly formalised, partly … Continue reading

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The Comedy of Equality

“We don’t have equality!”, she said, turning to her friend and laughing. “You cannot be taken seriously if you are not a man”, was the qualifier, shared by one of the mentees, almost doubled up with laughter, as we stood … Continue reading

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Leader of the Gang. The dynamics of collaboration and loneliness in learning.

Whilst eating chips on the quay at Swanage this weekend, i was approached by a teenager with a questionnaire. I guess he was on a school geography trip, asking people whether they were residents or tourists. As the sun got … Continue reading

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