Sputnik spoke with Professor Stephen Case from Loughborough University for more insight on the issue. Sputnik: how significant are these findings? Stephen Case: The significance or problem for these kinds of stats and headlines is that they are interpreted to suggest that there’s a problem with children’s behavior in society, which we need to respond to through controlling and punitive punishment led kind of measures such as this new knife crime as both its being mooted by the secretary. © Photo : National Save Our Children’s Centres’It’s Like They Don’t Care’: UK Government Ignoring Children’s Centre ClosuresWe need to be looking at that, first and foremost. We need to stop medicalizing and individualizing the problem of gang membership and the knife crime that follows from it, and start to look at what is it that adults are doing that are pushing children into these types of behaviors into these kinds of identities and then we can have a more meaningful conversation about what we can do about it. Sputnik: The symptoms of gang culture and gang violence in the UK have been rapidly getting worse year on year now for some time. Despite clever slogans from politicians very little has changed… do politicians really understand what the root causes of gang culture and knife crime? Stephen Case: No. I think that politicians such as our current Home Secretary either refuse to understand, willfully misunderstand or do… Read full this story
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