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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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Practising differently

Practising differently

(p.145) Six Practising differently
Grassroots Youth Work

Tania De St Croix

Policy Press

This chapter explores the work of a small grassroots youth workers' cooperative, Voice of Youth, set up by young people and youth workers in 2011. At the centre of the chapter is a series of dialogues, collectively edited by part-time and volunteer youth workers from Voice of Youth, discussing how their five principles work in practice, and sharing the dilemmas, challenges, joy and excitement of running an idealistic youth work organisation. This is followed by a discussion of what can be learned from this case study. Attempts at practising youth work differently can be seen as a form of passionate resistance or prefigurative practice – employing utopian thinking while drawing on histories of radical and critical practice of the past.

Keywords:   youth workers, Voice of Youth, prefigurative practice, passionate resistance

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