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Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work$
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Mike Seal and Pete Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323099.001.0001

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Working with intersectional identities

Working with intersectional identities

(p.149) Nine Working with intersectional identities
Responding to Youth Violence Through Youth Work

Mike Seal

Pete Harris

Policy Press

In this chapter, the authors employ a post-structural theoretical frame to make sense of young people’s evolving and hybrid identities in late modern European societies. They explore how notions of race, gender, class and sexuality intersect with each other, and how this demands a similarly intersectional response to youth violence from workers. The authors discuss how worker training needs to stay within reach of community members but provide the necessary time and space for the development of the reflexivity and critical thinking skills such an intersectional context demands. Youth workers whose own biographies have exposed them to the dominant world-views of the communities in which they grew up need to be constantly on the look-out for how that world-view is colouring their approach to their work in diverse, changing communities. The authors warn that the impact of a poorly trained and unreflexive worker could be minimal at best and, at worst, risks exacerbating the problem of youth violence.

Keywords:   intersectionality, post-structural, reflexivity, race, gender, class, sexuality

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