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Tania De St Croix

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328599

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328599.001.0001

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The marketisation of youth work

The marketisation of youth work

(p.21) Two The marketisation of youth work
Grassroots Youth Work

Tania De St Croix

Policy Press

Market values and processes have become increasingly dominant in youth work (in England and further afield), and both young people and grassroots youth workers seem to be treated as commodities that might be turned into profit. More is demanded from volunteers and low paid workers as their work becomes vulnerable and precarious – those who are paid are increasingly employed on insecure contracts, treated as 'self-employed', and funded by 'payment by results' contracts. At a time when the entrepreneur is a celebrated 'ideal', social enterprise is valorised over 'old' public sector and community organisational forms. After an in-depth policy analysis, the chapter looks at four of the positions taken up by youth workers in relation to marketed youth policy – protesting, enterprising, working precariously, and volunteering.

Keywords:   youth work, social enterprise, volunteering, marketed youth policy, insecure contracts

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