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Grassroots Youth WorkPolicy, Passion and Resistance in Practice$
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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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Reclaiming and reimagining youth work

Reclaiming and reimagining youth work

(p.175) Seven Reclaiming and reimagining youth work
Grassroots Youth Work

Tania De St Croix

Policy Press

Despite the serious challenges facing youth work, the passionate commitment of part-time and volunteer youth workers provides a basis for hope. This concluding chapter summarises the key findings of the study underpinning this book, and returns to discussion of the central themes of policy, passion and resistance which suffuse the working lives of grassroots youth workers. The chapter maps the ways in which workers are engaged in everyday forms of resistance through counter-discourses, refusals and rebellion, and creating alternatives. This study provides evidence that grassroots youth work can and often does take young people's side, challenge oppression, oppose managerial methodologies, and question the centrality of market logic. The book finishes with recommendations for policy and practice.

Keywords:   youth work, resistance, counter-discourses, managerial methodologies, market logic

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