Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447328605 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447328599 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Grassroots Youth Work

Policy, Passion and Resistance in Practice

Tania de St Croix

Grassroots Youth Work

Tania de St Croix

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447328605 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447328599 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Some of the most energetic, effective, and passionate activists involved in grassroots politics are young people—but their voices are rarely heard in policy, research, or public debate. This book remedies that, giving young activists their due and showing the effects of passionate social service practitioners who build relationships with marginalized young people in the face of spending cuts and shifting governmental priorities. Written by an experienced youth worker, Grassroots Youth Work uses interviews, dialogue, and excerpts from research diaries to bring youth work to life in both theory and practice.
Contents
Introduction;
The marketisation of youth work;
Passionate practice;
Target cultures and performativity;
Surveillance on the street;
Practising differently;
Reclaiming and reimagining youth work;
Afterword: Research methodology
Appendix: Research participants
Review Quotes
Dana Fusco, York College
“An in-depth look at the devastating impacts of neoliberal reform policies on youth services and youth work that illuminates the dedication and passion of youth workers against the backdrop of a dehumanizing work environment.”
Janet Batsleer, Manchester Metropolitan University
“Essential reading for youth workers and other creative and critical thinkers who are looking for the cracks where life can still break up and break through the grids of control.”
Emma Chivers, University of South Wales
“A motivational and inspiring insight into the experiences of part-time and volunteer youth workers, providing an opportunity to hear their voices within policy and practice.”
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