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Critical Geographies of Childhood and YouthContemporary Policy and Practice$
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Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428462

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.001.0001

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Places to go, things to do and people to see: space and activity in english youth work policy

Places to go, things to do and people to see: space and activity in english youth work policy

Chapter:
(p.79) five Places to go, things to do and people to see: space and activity in english youth work policy
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Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth
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Richard Davies

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0005

The chapter explores the development of youth work policy over a period of significant change under the 1997–2010 Labour governments. As a devolved activity, the English policy context has become increasing distinct from the other three UK jurisdictions. The underlying thesis presented is that social geographical perspectives offer, by drawing attention to the spatial-temporal dimension of the policy landscape, new insights into policy and practice. I argue that the spatial-temporal aspects inherent in recent policies have not been helpful for youth work. Drawing on MacIntyre's account of a ‘social practice’, I argue that youth work policy has been led astray into forming distinct spaces for young people. What is required is a greater focus on a range of institutions that transcend space. Such Institutions offer young people a context within which to explore what is meant by, and how to pursue, a life worth living.

Keywords:   Youth work, England, Labour government, Policy, Social practices, Spatial-temporal dimensions

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