I read in today’s Guardian that a government-commissioned report on youth violence is due to be published on Monday. It proposes that parents should be more responsible for controlling the bad behaviour or their children. Causes of violence and crime in young people are also the topic of discussion in this recording from the Archival Sound Recordings St Mary-le-Bow Public Debates. It is remarkable that many of the issues we are contending with now were evident in 1973.
Digitisation of the Bow recordings presents a unique opportunity for researchers to look at the way issues were debated in a public space during the 60s and 70s and how social issues evolve (or do not evolve) over time. Listening to the debates provides insights into the language and mores of a particular time but also offers an additional perspective on the here and now.