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The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

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July 2018 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice showcases the value of professional work with young people as it is practiced in diverse forms in locations around the world. The editors have brought together an international team of contributors who reflect the wide range of approaches that identify as youth work, and the even wider range of approaches that identify variously as community work or community development work with young people, youth programmes, and work with young people within care, development and (informal) education frameworks. The Handbook is structured to explore histories, current practice and future directions:

Part One: 'Youth Work' and Approaches to Professional Work with Young People
Part Two: Professional Work With Young People: Projects and Practices to Inspire
Part Three: Values and Ethics in Work with Young People
Part Four: Current Challenges and Hopes for the Future

Pam Alldred, Fin Cullen, Kathy Edwards, and Dana Fusco
PART 1: Approaches to Youth Work Across Time and Place
Trudi Cooper
Chapter 1: Defining Youth Work: exploring the boundaries, continuity and diversity of youth work practice
Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn
Chapter 2: How to Support Young People in a Changing World: The sociology of generations and youth work
Anthony Jeffs
Chapter 3: Looking over our shoulders: Youth work and its history
Dana Fusco
Chapter 4: Some conceptions of youth and youth work in the United States
Kathy Edwards and Ismail Shaafee
Chapter 5: Youth Work as a Colonial Export: Explorations From the Global South
Roshni K. Nuggehalli
Chapter 6: Let Principles Drive Practice: Reclaiming Youth Work in India
Tony Taylor, Paula Connaughton, Tania de St Croix, Bernard Davies, and Pauline Grace
Chapter 7: The Impact of Neoliberalism Upon the Character and Purpose of English Youth Work and Beyond
Helen M.F. Jones
Chapter 8: Youth Work in England: A Profession with a Future?
Fin Cullen and Simon Bradford
Chapter 9: Precarious Practices with Risky Subjects? Policy and Practice Explorations in the UK and Europe
Janet Batsleer
Chapter 10: Undoing Sexism and Youth Work Practice: Seeking Equality, Unsettling Ideology, Affirming Difference - A UK Perspective
Momodou Sallah, Mike Ogunnusi and Richard Kennedy
Chapter 11: Intersectionality and Resistance in Youth Work: Young People, Peace and Global 'Development' in a Racialized World
Kieron Hatton
Chapter 12: Youth Work and Social Pedagogy: Reflections from the UK and Europe
Hans Skott-Myhre and Kathleen Skott-Myhre
Chapter 13: 21st Century Youth Work: Life Under Global Capitalism
PART 2: Professional Work With Young People: Projects and Practices to Inspire
Philippa Collin, Girish Lala, and Leo Fieldgrass
Chapter 14: Participation, Empowerment and Democracy: Engaging with Young People's Views
Graham Bright, Naomi Thompson, Peter Hart, and Bethany Hayden
Chapter 15: Faith-based Youth Work: Education, Engagement and Ethics
Jen Couch
Chapter 16: Together we Walk: The Importance of Relationship in Youth Work with Refugee Young People
Fiona Beals, Peter-Clinton Foaese, Martini Miller, Helen Perkins and Natalie Sargent
Chapter 17: Screaming Aloud from the da old plantation down-under: Youth Work on the margins in Aotearoa New Zealand
Stephen Case and Rachel Morris
Chapter 18: Promoting Children First Youth Work in the Youth Justice System and Beyond
Michael Whelan and Helmut Steinkellner
Chapter 19: Critical Street Work: the politics of working (in) outside institutions
Frances Howard, Steph Brocken, and Nicola Sim
Chapter 20: Youth Work, Arts Practice and Transdisciplinary Space
Björn Andersson
Chapter 21: Fringe Work - Street-level Divergence in Swedish Youth Work
Susan Morgan and Eliz McArdle
Chapter 22: The Alchemy of work with Young Women
Catherine McNamara
Chapter 23: Supporting Trans And/Or Non-Binary Young People: UK Methods and Approaches
PART 3: Values and Ethics in Work with Young People
Joshua Spier and David Giles
Chapter 24: An Ethics of Caring in Youth Work Practice
Daniel Jupp Kina
Chapter 25: Relationship Centrality in Work with Young People with Experience of Violence
Jo Trelfa
Chapter 26: Reflective Practice: Gaze, Glance and Being a Youth Worker
Paul Thomas
Chapter 27: The Challenges for British Youth Workers of Government Strategies to 'Prevent Terrorism'
Ellen Foley, Angel Guzman, Miguel Lopez, Laurie Ross, Jennifer Safford-Farquharson, with Katie Byrne, Egbert Pinero, and Ron Waddell
Chapter 28: The Politics of Gang Intervention in New England, USA: Knowledge, Partnership, and Youth Transformation
Jo Heslop
Chapter 29: Coercion in Sexual Relationships: Challenging Values in school-based work
Kate D'Arcy, Roma Thomas, and Candice Wallas
Chapter 30: Youth & Community Approaches To Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation: South African and UK Project Experiences
Wolfgang Vachon and Tim McConnell
Chapter 31: Allies, Not Accomplices: What Youth Work can Learn from Trans and Disability Movements
Mark Wood
Chapter 32: The Challenges of Using a Youth Development Approach in a Mental Health and Addictions Service for Young People
Victoria Restler and Wendy Luttrell
Chapter 33: Gaze Interrupted: Speaking back to Stigma with Visual Research
Howard Sercombe
Chapter 34: The Ethical Foundations of Youth Work as an International Profession
Rajesh Patel
Chapter 35: Youth Work at the End of Life?
PART 4: Current Challenges, Future Possibilities
Ken Harland and Alastair Scott-McKinley
Chapter 36: Youth Work Practices in Conflict Societies: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
Marion Thomson and Kodzo Chapman
Chapter 37: Popular Education and Youth Work: Learnings from Ghana
Brian Belton
Chapter 38: Roma Youth and Global Youth Work
Helen Bartlett and Adam Muirhead
Chapter 39: Community Development with Young People - Exploring a New Model
Susan Matloff-Nieves, Tanya Wiggins, Jennifer Fuqua, Marisa Ragonese, Steve Pullano, and Gregory Brender
Chapter 40: Returning to Responsive Youth Work in New York City
Judith Bessant and Rob Watts
Chapter 41: Uncomfortable Knowledge and the Ethics of Good Practice in Australia's Offshore Refugee Detention Centers
Heather Ramey and Heather Lawford
Chapter 42: The Evolution of Youth Empowerment: From Programming to Partnering
Tomi Kiilakoski, Viljami Kinnunen, and Ronnie Djupsund
Chapter 43: Towards a Shared Vision of Youth Work: Developing a Worker-Based Youth Work Curriculum
Sue Cooper and Anu Gretschel
Chapter 44: Evaluating Youth Work in its Contexts
Dana Fusco, Pam Alldred, Kathy Edwards, and Fin Cullen

This book remarkably covers the breadth of youth work in all its diversity while capturing the common threads and principles that make for its distinct practice. This book maintains academic rigour while retaining an eye for the nuances of practice, which it contextualises beautifully. It gives insight into the practice of youth work for both the novice and the seasoned activist and archivist.  Perhaps most importantly it re-affirms the need to defend youth work in times of uncertainty and with the creeping malaise of neo-liberalism, neo conservatism and new managerialism. This book is a must for any pedagogue, practitioner, student or policy maker with a concern for young people and the practices and professionals who work with them. I would recommend it becomes essential reading list on any youth and community work course.

Dr Mike Seal
Newman University Birmingham

Authors from ten countries contribute to this expansive and detailed description, analysis, and understanding of that direct work with young people and indirect work on their behalf called “youth work” – an emergent semi-profession in some places, a full profession with long and deep historical roots in others.  This book tells both the youth work family of resemblances and the families of practices which constitute much of what is both youth work and work with youth in some of the North, with South examples from Brazil, Ghana, and India.  In this very broad Handbook of youth practice authors typically locate this practice within their local to national spaces and to youth issues and problems therein, with emphases on social and cultural, and at times economic and political contexts, and responding policies, programs, and services.  Less present are the guild attributes of the family of youth work or understanding of youth/young people/adolescents, how they are seen and understood.  Strong is the book’s substance of how young people are responded to and the rationale for these approaches.
This Handbook is an excellent overview of one take on the family of youth work, helpful to beginners who will be given a range of families of responses to youth, for experts in youth work practice who are always on the look for programmatic ideas, and for university faculty who want a text useful for classes on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and for these same reasons, for those in youth work professional development.

Professor Michael Baizerman
University of Minnesota

Containing over forty stimulating contributions by youth work practitioner educators and researchers, this collection explores contemporary practice examples and innovative approaches to youth work and features chapters from the UK, Australia and USA. It’s an essential resource for youth and community work students and practitioners alike, for work with young people in reflective, participatory and ethically conscious ways. The chapters offer critical perspectives that are sure to stimulate discussion and debate to enhance everyday practice and a broader development of youth work.

Dr Kalbir Shukra
Goldsmith University

The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice is a must read for all those interested in youth work and its affiliated professions. True to its name, the Handbook covers some of the most important issues affecting the field of contemporary youth work, drawing on the work and experiences of scholars and practitioners from around the world. The editors have carefully chosen important theoretical issues, contemporary challenges and practical examples from among the many faces of international youth work. It is by far the most comprehensive volume on youth work I have seen to date and highly recommend it for youth practitioners and scholars everywhere.

Assoc. Prof Dr Steven Eric Krauss
University Putra Malaysia

Of all social professions youth work is undoubtedly the most diverse in shapes and methods. This book gives an overview of this incredibly resourceful, yet vulnerable practice, with appropriate attention to evolutions over time and space. A broad scale of Anglophone authors, spanning various fields of practice, succeed in this mission impossible. This book is an indispensable source of inspiration for practitioners, students and teachers who believe that an emancipatory youth work practice is of utmost importance in the development of young people, and in the maintenance of a sustainable democracy.

Dr Filip Coussée
Ghent University

Critical assessments of the ways in which professionals engage with young people remain imperative to capacity-building for youth work practitioners and researchers. This is a valuable compilation of a diversity of practices in local contexts around the world which offers historical and contemporary critique of “Youth Work” without losing sight of the positive contributions of youth work practices. I recommend the volume as a key resource to support reflective practice and as an inspiration for further advancing research on global youth work.

Dr Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts
The University of the West Indies, Mona

This SAGE Handbook offers an excellent overview for deliberating the values, ethics and conceptualization of youth work. It examines diverse working approaches to working with youth, and scrutinizes the major themes for promoting the well-being, well-belonging, and well-becoming of young people in an age of increasing uncertainty and insecurity. It is a must-read if you care to know the why, what and how of youth work across time and space.

Professor Victor Wong
Hong Kong Baptist University

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