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Michael Whelan & Helmut Steinkellner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 19: Critical Street Work: The Politics of Working (In) Outside Institutions

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Critical Street Work: The Politics of Working (In) Outside Institutions
Critical Street Work: The Politics of Working (In) Outside Institutions
Michael Whelan Helmut Steinkellner
Introduction

The question of how power is distributed within and across groups in society is a central concern in any modern democracy, as it is fundamentally related to the ability of any individual or group of citizens to have a say in or influence the decisions that affect them (Harrison, 2002). If it is accepted that a position of relative powerlessness within any society does not need to be static or permanent, then it should also be accepted that the positioning of certain individuals or groups within dominant power relations might be shifted or realigned through ...

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