Dying to live: Youth violence and the munpain

Bakkali, Y (2019) Dying to live: Youth violence and the munpain. The Sociological Review. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article engages with accounts of the everyday experiences of young adults living in London
who have been involved with road life (street culture) and how their narratives might help us to
better understand issues of youth violence in the UK. Through an exploration of their experiences,
this article argues that deeply embedded structural contradictions are leaving a generation of
marginalised young people dying to live as they become locked in an existential struggle against
a sense of malaise permeating many of their everyday experiences. These experiences of social
suffering are conceptualised through ‘the munpain’. The munpain is a psychosocial concept which
articulates the impact of structurally routed violence, inherent in late-modern neoliberal states,
within the everyday lives of marginalised young adults living in a contemporary urban context. This
article draws on interview data from two young men, Stephen and T, who have both been victims
of knife crime and have spent much of their lives involved with youth groups self-identifying as
gangs. In this article, I demonstrate some of the often unspoken struggles that saturate their lives.
These experiences induce agentic responses as people seek to alleviate their suffering, at times
affecting them in ways that lead to acts of violence. Moreover, I also elaborate on the inductive
methodological approach employed to denote how ‘the munpain’ was developed while working
alongside marginalised young adults.

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Additional Information: This article is due to released online shortly and was accepted on 07/03/19, see pasted copy of acceptance email below: From: Editorial Manager <journal@thesociologicalreview.com> Sent: 07 March 2019 12:24 To: Yusef Bakkali <Yusef.Bakkali@bcu.ac.uk> Subject: Re: Editorial Message: "Dying to live: youth violence and the munpain" has completed the second stage of review Dear Yusef, Congratulations on your paper being accepted for publication! I just need a few bits of information in order to get your paper through production via SAGE. Please sign and return the contract with all pages. Please send - • A word document of the final version with annonymity removed. • A cover page with the below details - Full author names - Full addresses - Corresponding author - Email address for the corresponding author - Abstract - Keywords - Funding statement Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that authors use the following sentence: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. You can find attached a publishing agreement. Could you please fill it in and send it back to this email (all pages) (journal@thesociologicalreview.com) Promoting the paper- Are you interested in writing a short blog post based on your paper/findings? If yes please could you complete the short info sheet attached so I can pass onto our digital team. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Congratulations again and Best wishes, Chantelle Lewis Best wishes, Chantelle Lewis Editorial Manager The Sociological Review www.thesociologicalreview.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: gangs, munpain, road culture, violence, youth
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Yusef Bakkali
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 09:42
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7316

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