In this controversial research paper, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder& Director writes on youth justice and equality policy and how the politics of the last few decades have failed.
Many have argued that youth violence, inequality and underachievement are consequences of a failing society and social injustice. The paper argues that these failures are not due to lack of resources and an uneven distribution of wealth. They are due to the acceptance of prejudice and despair as natural modern phenomena.
The paper also argues that acceptance creates “disadvantage thinking” and policies, law and practices that are shaped to reach targets within this negative framework. A vicious circle of defeatism is created.
As a way forward, “positive thinking” is encouraged through a user-led movement of positive social engagement. We call this “the 99% campaign”, a developing youth justice movement focusing on inequality, disadvantage and youth violence. The initiative is run by Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), an independent charity empowering young people to engage equally and democratically in civic life.
Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) and the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University.