Territoriality among young people has been identified in some previous studies as a source of social exclusion and disadvantage and as one of the roots of gang behaviour. It has also begun to be recognised by policy-makers working to improve young people’s life chances and to promote safer communities.
This research focuses on understanding territoriality in its own right and examines:
* what territoriality is, how it is experienced by young people and who is involved;
* the origins of territoriality in disadvantaged places;
* the impacts of territoriality on young people’s lives;
* the range of projects which aim to deter or counteract territorial behaviour;
* the public policy implications of recognising territoriality as an important social force in disadvantaged places.
The report can be accessed at: www.jrf.org.uk/publications/young-people-and-territoriality-british-cities