Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen

in Street capital

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847421203
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303602 | DOI:

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This chapter concludes that, in a Nordic context, with a high density of welfare-state institutions and private welfare organisations out in the streets, presenting oneself as a victim is also an important part of what is conceptualised as street capital. It also observes that the Nordic context demonstrates that, to understand street culture, more than marginalisation theory is needed. The chapter notes that street culture is not only about poverty, discrimination, or other socioeconomic processes. It observes that the benevolent welfare state provided most of The River dealers with solid economic support and help; still, groups are left out, and sought alternative arenas for identity development. The chapter points out that no matter how much money is put into prevention efforts and welfare programmes, these efforts will fail unless there are some attractive identities offered to youths as well.

Keywords: Nordic context; welfare state; street culture; marginalisation theory; identity development

Chapter.  3310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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