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Sharon Irish

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816660957

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816660957.001.0001

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Teens and Violence

Teens and Violence

(p.147) 7 Teens and Violence
Suzanne Lacy

Sharon Irish

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses Lacy's art projects performed among collaborative networks in the troubled communities of Oakland, California and Medellín, Colombia, with the express purpose of exploring alternatives to violence. Both areas have notoriously high crime rates—making them the ideal venues upon which to develop awareness and understanding between teenagers and authority figures. Lacy's emphasis on crossing boundaries come alive in performances and artistic spaces created to encourage teenage and adult participants to think, act, and thus perceive new ways of looking at the “other.” New configurations of human relationships can come about with an awareness of patterns and habits; and it is this practice of awareness—conscious attention—and vigilance in recalibrating one's thinking and perspectives, that can keep one from falling into the destructive norms and habits engendered by predictability.

Keywords:   Oakland, California, Medellín, Colombia, alternatives to violence, practice of awareness, predictability, crossing boundaries, collaborative networks

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