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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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Surveillance on the street

Surveillance on the street

(p.113) Five Surveillance on the street
Grassroots Youth Work

Tania De St Croix

Policy Press

This chapter explores youth work's uncomfortable role in the tracking and surveillance of young people, focusing in particular on detached (street-based) youth workers. Detached workers are historically situated at a distance from systems of social control and tend to see themselves as informal educators, working on young people's terms and on their territory. However, they have increasingly been called upon to work with the police, and track young people's involvement in services using local government databases. The chapter tells the stories of detached youth workers engaged in refusing to work with the police, and discusses their 'resistance and accommodation' (Weitz, 2001) in relation to database monitoring. The chapter draws on activist inspiration to suggest that detached youth workers engage young people in debate over privacy, surveillance and their use of the street.

Keywords:   youth work, detached youth workers, monitoring, social control, privacy

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