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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Youth Work: Histories, Policy and Contexts

ISBN 9781137434395
Publication Date September 2015
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Youth work is a means of promoting learning, equality and inclusion with young people. It is an incredibly rewarding profession; however, diffuse state regulation means that youth work students and practitioners must continuously wrestle with the challenges of contemporary practice in environments that are complex and changing.

This book brings together a collection of voices to speak to these concerns. Drawing on the history of the profession, each chapter focuses on a different aspect of policy and practice. Chapters explore the impact of New Labour; the changes that came with the coalition government; youth work in the voluntary sector, and youth work in a digital world. Graham Bright concludes with a powerful reflection on what the future holds for the profession. Each chapter features 'Over to You' activity boxes which invite readers to engage collaboratively in developing and applying ideas, with case studies which link discussion to real life examples.

This is an important book for students, practitioners and lecturers in the field of youth and community work and related practice with children and young people.

Graham Bright is Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies and Youth and Community Work at York St John University, UK

Introduction; G.Bright
1. The Emergence of Youth Work: Philanthropy and Voluntarism; G.Bright
2. State Beneficence or Government Control? Youth Work from Circular 1486 to 1996; S.Bradford
3. In the Service of the State: Youth Work Under New Labour;  H.Sercombe
4. Volunteers and Entrepreneurs? Youth Work and the Big Society; T.de St Croix
5. Local Authority Youth Work; P.Norris and C.Pugh
6. Youth Work in the Voluntary Sector; I.Buchroth and M.Husband
7. Uniformed Youth Work; J.Roberts
8.Youth Work and the Church; G.Bright and D.Bailey
9. Questioning 'Muslim Youth': Categorisation and Marginalisation; B.Belton
10. Re-locating Detached Youth Work; M.Whelan
11.Youth Work and Schools; A.Coburn and S.Gormally
12.Youth Work in Digital Spaces; J.Melvin
13. In Search of Soul: Where Now for Youth and Community Work?; Graham Bright.


This accessible resource will enable readers to understand their own youth work in the light of the discussions of youth work history and current contentious policies. It is offered by a breadth of writers with a range of political perspective who are all at the heart of current youth work practice and education.' - Jean Hatton, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, UK
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