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Dana Fusco

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 4: Some Conceptions of Youth and Youthwork in the United States

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Some Conceptions of Youth and Youthwork in the United States
Some Conceptions of Youth and Youthwork in the United States
Dana Fusco
Introduction

In the United States, there is no one philosophy of youthwork practice, no overarching concept or theory, no sole ethos, and no single site for the delivery of youth services. Like the United States itself, youthwork here is a diverse and varied set of practices that are of immigrant as well as, native origin, and are multicultural, multi-linguistic, and multi-genred. These diverse youthwork practices go by many names, come from many traditions, have different beliefs and values, and emerge as part of citizen action at least as often as organized professional activity. This heterogeneous mix can look chaotic, without coherence ...

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