Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447318187 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447318170 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Vulnerability and Young People

Care and Social Control in Policy and Practice

Kate Brown

Vulnerability and Young People

Kate Brown

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447318187 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447318170 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Policies to assist or protect vulnerable youth play a crucial role in welfare and criminal justice processes, but what role does the discourse surrounding these policies play in how they are put into action? Bringing together real-life examples with academic and practical applications, this book explores the implications of a “vulnerability zeitgeist” in policy and practice. It draws on in-depth research with marginalized young people and the professionals who support them to question whether the rise of the concept of vulnerability serves the interests of those who are most disadvantaged. Vulnerability and Young People will be important reading for scholars, students, and policy makers interested in the care and protection of young people.
Contents
The Vulnerability Zeitgeist
Making Sense of Vulnerability
The Rise of Vulnerability in Social Policy
Vulnerability Management
Vulnerable Young People’s Life Stories
Vulnerable Identities?
The Social Mediation of Vulnerability
Vulnerability, Care and Social Control
Review Quotes
Jane Appleton, Oxford Brookes University | Times Higher Education
“What Brown reveals is a complex process of judgements about vulnerability, being shaped by moral and personal preferences, organizational classifications, wider service delivery pressures, and gendered dimensions. However, her book’s central focus is an analysis of the life stories of the vulnerable young people themselves. . . . What the book does brilliantly is to give them voice, while revealing the complex adversities and multiple disadvantages they face as well as the interventions and factors that the young people considered to be helpful for them.”
Rory Crath, School for Social Work, Smith College | Journal of Children and Poverty
“Through a careful, theoretically rigorous analysis, Brown interrogates policy directives and practices that have seemingly championed the rights and needs of vulnerable citizens.”
Research, Policy and Planning
“A really illuminating book on the contentious notion of vulnerability, and it should be read, debated, and brought to bear on service design and development.”
Rob MacDonald, Teesside University, UK
“This insightful and timely book by Kate Brown is an excellent addition to new, critical, qualitative research that explores and questions key issues in social policy.”
John Flint, University of Sheffield, UK
“This essential book offers a groundbreaking study of the lived experience of vulnerability and its increasing importance to welfare and criminal justice systems, exploring fundamental questions of deservingness, human agency, care, governance, and social control.”
Kenneth McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
“A unique and compelling account of the implications of a ‘vulnerability zeitgeist’ and an important contribution to an area of public policy that is not as benign as it can appear.”
Jo Phoenix, Leicester University, UK
“Innovative, beautifully written, well researched, and eloquently argued. Finally a book that subjects the concept of ‘vulnerability’ to robust academic scrutiny, particularly in terms of the rise of its use to justify almost any type of intervention with children and young people. A must read for anyone interested in young people and social policy.”
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