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A hierarchy of respect: Authority and dominance in the human and animal kingdom

Doirean Wilson (Department of Leadership, Work and Organisations, Middlesex University Business School London, London, United Kingdom.)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 13 July 2015




Interviews two black minority ethnic (BME) male youths who were raised in high knife and gun-crime areas of London.


Considers whether feral youth behavior might have something to do with British youths’ need for respect.


Quotes one of the youths as saying it is disrespectful to enter their territory without permission.

Practical implications

Quotes the other as saying that BME male youths do not get respect from the British police, the politicians or the society and so do not have a voice.

Social implications

Considers that society might therefore benefit from changing its attitude to BME youth.


Contains the views of two BME young people who were prepared to be named in an interview that would provide them with the opportunity to air their views without criticism.



Wilson, D. (2015), "A hierarchy of respect: Authority and dominance in the human and animal kingdom", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 5-7.



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