Urban youth and the body language of exclusion

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Since the late 1970s Belgium has experienced a problematisation of migration. Discourses in which “migration” is described as undesirable and dangerous have become more relevant politically. These discourses have tangible effects in society. They entail specific categorisations of belonging and they endorse specific forms of discrimination and exclusion in important fields like housing, employment or security. In this paper we present findings from a qualitative study in which we examine how such discourses are experienced by urban youth. We find that "membership" is very often experienced in terms of nonverbal behavioral cues and that such nonverbal communications have important effects on urban youth identity. We discuss the implications of these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2021
Event21st Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology - Online
Duration: 8 Sep 202110 Sep 2021


Conference21st Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology


  • superdiversity
  • identity
  • stigma


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