Youth lives in poor Manila
RCT project enables young voices to be heard.
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Youth Mobilization in Urban Manila is a research project
exploring the relationship between youth mobilisation, politics and
crime in an urban slum area of Metro Manila. The project is part of
a larger research program titled "The Violent
Organisation of Political Youth"
As part of the project Steffen Jensen and Elmer Malibiran
conducted a qualitative baseline study focusing on ordinary youth
lives in the suburb of Bagong Silang. The researchers wanted to
understand what life is like through the eyes of young people them
selves. To enable the youngster's voices to be heard, the
researches gave them cameras and asked them to choose whatever they
wanted to photograph. The result is this photo series.
Please note that the present photo series "Youth Lives" depict
very young people and most of them have not chosen a criminal path.
The series gives an insight into the context youngsters grow up in
and what might lead up to the decision of entering a violent
Youngsters become both perpetrators and victims
In the research program RCT is seeking knowledge of how
violence is generated and regenerated in a social context.
"We want to understand how young people get involved in
violence, how they are invited to join groups and how they choose
between the various options open to them," Steffen Jensen
Steffen Jensen's point of departure is generational issues and
conflicts, and how these, along with gender, race and class,
influence young people's involvement in violence.
"If we don't understand the context and boundaries of young
people's choices, we can't do anything about it and offer
alternative and 'correct' moral choices," Jensen explains.
"In order to design better interventions we have to understand
the motives behind the violence as well as the risk factors that
make young people both victims and perpetrators,. The choices that
young people make - e.g. going to war or joining a gang - are not
irrational. They are often the result of long deliberations, in
which they consider their past and future, as well as the
opportunities and dangers."
All photos are published with the consent of the