3: Internal Homelessness and Hiraeth: Boys’ Spatial Journeys Between Childhood Domestic Abuse and On-Road


This chapter examines the spatial dynamics that are faced by men who experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) at home in childhood, and who become involved with gangs/on-road. Drawing on in-depth life story interviews with survivors of child DVA, this chapter illustrates participants’ complicated relationships with space in relation to their experiences of DVA. This chapter examines how these men constructed their masculine subjectivities in spatially specific ways, arguing that the use of public and private spaces can operate as a gendered strategy for coping with childhood DVA.

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