Title

Future prospects for Australasian youth work

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Brill

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

22277

Comments

Originally published as: Cooper, T., & Baxter, R. (2019). Future prospects for Australasian youth work. In Bright, G., & Pugh, C. (Eds.). (2019). Youth Work. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Sense. Original chapter available here

Abstract

There is on-going debate in youth and community work regarding its future. Driven by processes of neo-liberal governmentality, youth work has been bent in new and uncomfortable directions. For many, this threatens the very telos of praxis. However, despite this, a passionate commitment to youth work’s values and approaches doggedly remains.

This edited volume invites academics working in different continents and contexts to move beyond a critique of youth work’s current state, towards imagining different professional futures. Rooted in the profession’s historic values, and drawing on the distinct political and cultural environments that have shaped youth work practice in different global locations, the authors explore possible new routes and approaches for the profession. These discussions are located geographically (in a devolved United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Australasia, and the Developing/Majority world) as well as across different sectors and approaches (voluntary sector, faith sector, online, young women’s work). The result is a rich picture of global practice. This provides both depth and perspective from which to gain new insights regarding possibilities for future practices, which imagine fairer and more participative societies.

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