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Björn Andersson

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 21: Fringe Work – Street-level Divergence in Swedish Youth Work

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Fringe Work – Street-level Divergence in Swedish Youth Work
Fringe Work – Street-level Divergence in Swedish Youth Work
Björn Andersson
Introduction

Working with young people means relating to a social space of transformation, transgression and variation. Change and adaptability have always been integral parts of youth work (Jeffs 2015: 75). At the same time, a structured and sustained approach to young people’s lives and troubles forms experiences and creates patterns of interventions that function as a basis for youth work methodology. Approaches do not need to be constantly reinvented; there is a working tradition.

In Sweden, detached youth work constitutes such a tradition. Inspired by outreach approaches and gang work in American cities (Calissendorff et al. 1986: 16), the first detached youth workers were ...

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