Informal Learning in Youth Work offers fresh perspectives on all aspects of informal education in the youth work setting. Designed to develop the reader’s knowledge and skills, this comprehensive textbook explores key issues such as communication, power relations, ethics, gender exclusion, sexuality, race discrimination, and social class. The author places particular emphasis on conversation as a key means of promoting informal learning and engaging effectively with young people.
Youth Work, Democracy and Participation
- Young people's participation is based on a recognition of rights and on an understanding of the importance of participatory citizenship in a democracy.
- Being clear how different levels of participation relate to power and where the powerful decisions which affect young people's lives are made is essential. These may not be at local level at all. The question of how participatory processes relate to democratically elected authorities is important, as are the dangers of rubber-stamping and tokenism.
- Neighbourhood mediation processes help build up young people's capacity to contribute to a wider political conversation.
- Processes of political education need to avoid the problem of ‘manufactured voice’.
- Gaining a voice politically requires building alliances.
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