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.

Identity, Identity Politics and Rights

Identity, identity politics and rights
  • Identity matters to all young people, perhaps especially to young people positioned as marginalised or deviant.
  • Identities sometimes influence the unequal allocation of opportunities and resources.
  • Some identities are valued and others are devalued.
  • All identities are complex, inescapably plural and have aspects that are silenced and can be brought to voice through informal education.
  • Rights-based practice offers an ethical basis for responding to identity politics.

Who am I? Where do I belong in the world? Youth workers become very familiar with the struggles young people face in developing a sense of identity.

The transition to adulthood is a period of exploring and trying on the forms of adult identity that seem to be on offer to us, as well as a ...

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