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Book explores violent masculinity and tough life choices young men face

Written by: Qama Qukula

Canadian author and activist Jamil Jivani has penned a book which asks why so many young men are prone to violence.

His book, titled Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity, explores the personal and environmental factors that influence violent male identity.

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Jivani says that many young people on the margins of society often grow up without male role models and find their identities in negative sources.

The book critically dissects the agency of young people and the role of society in cultivating positive communities, Jivani explains.

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He spoke about his relationship with his father and says he had resentful feelings towards him, until he began writing his book which opened his eyes about the cycle of absenteeism and radicalisation in young men.

When I started writing the book and tried to grant empathy to other young men - young men we see as monsters, criminals, terrorists - I felt I owe that same responsibility to my father to try and understand him in his own context.

Jamil Jivani, Author of Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity

When you imagine a young person's life starting with that void, and then going into the world to look for meaning, it shows how you have to balance the personal choices people make with the environment that they're in.

Jamil Jivani, Author of Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity

If you are a young person who grows up searching for something, what's around you is going to dictate what you find in many cases.

Jamil Jivani, Author of Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity

Valuing youth work is phenomenally important. We're just now realising the cost of locking young boys up in jail cells and having police patrol our neighbourhoods at obscene rates.

Jamil Jivani, Author of Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity

We can actually save a lot of time, money, energy, and human potential by investing in ways to try keep young people positively engaged in society.

Jamil Jivani, Author of Why Young Men: Rage Race and The Crisis of Identity

Jivani speaks candidly about the personal and political experiences of young black men in the Europe and North America and makes comparisons with other parts of the world.

Take a listen to the riveting book review:


This article first appeared on 702 : Book explores violent masculinity and tough life choices young men face




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