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.
Chapter 16: Community Cohesion and Transversal Politics
Community Cohesion and Transversal Politics
- ‘Community Cohesion’ is a complex and contradictory agenda for youth work to address. It contains celebration, calls for public order and surveillance and a denial of persistent inequality.
- A number of methods of work that have been developed globally in the context of conflict can be drawn on. These methods work outwards from the immediate and local and are unafraid of engaging with difference as conflict.
- Youth work using sport; local memory/local history and intergenerational work promotes community cohesion.
- The idea of ‘transversal politics’–crossing conflict zones–offers an alternative framework to more limited models of multiculturalism. Examples of anti-racist practice, of anti-sectarian work, and of peace processes and Truth and Reconciliation processes are given.
- The question of what new models of ...