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Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work$
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Mike Seal and Pete Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323099.001.0001

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Youth work and youth violence in a European context

Youth work and youth violence in a European context

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(p.13) One Youth work and youth violence in a European context
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Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work
Author(s):

Mike Seal

Pete Harris

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323099.003.0002

In this chapter, the authors present an outline of the philosophical underpinnings of youth work practice and discuss how youth work is conceived, organised and delivered in different member states, and specifically in those the authors encountered in their study (Germany, Austria and the UK). They then introduce their working definition of youth violence. The authors were keen to move beyond the narrow confines of conceptualisation of youth violence as ‘gang’ violence, partly because this is a heavily populated area of enquiry, but also because they recognised that youth workers will be engaging with young people whose experience of violence falls both within and outside of the bounded and contestable phenomenon of the ‘gang’.

Keywords:   youth violence, gangs, youth work, Germany, Austria, UK

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