The academic and service provider literatures addressing risk, especially youth risk, have produced an array of theoretical and conceptual interpretations consistent with the perpetuation of fear. It is the author’s contention that conventional risk discourse serves the ideological purpose of marginalizing undesirable groups, which leads to the creation and proliferation of technological and behavioral modes of social control. The author also contends that dominant cultural interests perpetuate a discourse of fear that neglects contemporary insight into structural causes of nonnormative violent behavior. Structural precursors to violence are combined with the complex and multifaceted matrix of subjective life-world experiences and institutional arrangements that together constitute the context responsible for generating family and youth trauma, and later, risky behavior.
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