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.

Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Challenging the ‘NEET’ Discourse

Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Challenging the ‘NEET’ Discourse
Social inclusion and exclusion: Challenging the ‘NEET’ discourse
  • Youth workers need to be able to recognise and analyse social policy discourses that direct and shape their work.
  • Discourses of social inclusion and exclusion focus on social integration and the promotion of an image of society based on hard-working families.
  • Where social integration fails, the existence of a ‘moral underclass’ discourse enables individual young people to be found morally culpable for their position and condemned rather than understood.
  • Critical analysis offers alternative ways of seeing the possibilities for young people and for society as a whole. Valuable alternative traditions of practice to those focused on employability or on individual moral reform are the sources of examples of practice in this book.

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