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Kathy Edwards & Ismail Shaafee

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 5: Youth Work as a Colonial Export: Explorations from the Global South

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Youth Work as a Colonial Export: Explorations from the Global South
Youth Work as a Colonial Export: Explorations from the Global South
Kathy Edwards Ismail Shaafee
Introduction

This chapter explores the export of youth work as practices and as knowledges from colonising nations, the ‘old world’ or the metropole of the global North, to colonised nations, the ‘new world’ or peripheral nations in the global South. It makes the claim that youth work has been, and remains in some contexts, a practice with colonising potential. It explores this potential, first in a historical context, with regard to the transfer of youth work knowledges and practices from Britain to Australia in the 19th century. Next, it turns to the current era. ...

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