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Fin Cullen & Simon Bradford

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 9: Precarious Practices with Risky Subjects? Policy and Practice Explorations in the UK and Europe

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Precarious Practices with Risky Subjects? Policy and Practice Explorations in the UK and Europe
Precarious Practices with Risky Subjects? Policy and Practice Explorations in the UK and Europe
Fin Cullen Simon Bradford
Introduction

This chapter explores peril, blame and fear to consider how youth work funding regimes and logics of practice are predicated on managing young people and risk. Youth has been understood as an inherently risky social category since the late 19th century and varying ideas of risk have been offered to justify youth work’s development in the UK in the 20th century (Cohen, 1972; Pearson, 1983; Bradford, 2014). Here, we explore theoretical and policy discourses of risk before considering implications for practice. This chapter poses questions for critical ...

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