This book defines the current identity of community studies, provides a critical but reliable introduction to its key concepts, and is an engaging guide to the key social research methods used by community researchers and practitioners.

Concise but clear, it caters for the needs of those interested in community studies by offering cross-referenced, accessible overviews of the key theoretical issues that have the most influence on community studies today.

It incorporates all of the important frames of reference including those which are:

Theoretical; Research focused; Practice and policy oriented; Political; Concerned about the place of community in everyday life

The extensive bibliographies and up-to-date guides to further reading reinforce the aim of the book to provide an invaluable learning resource.

Interdisciplinary in approach and inventive in its range of applications this book will be of value to students studying sociology, social policy, politics and community development.

Community Youth Work

Community youth work

The term ‘youth work’ is used to identify the process of creating settings conducive to engaging young people in informal education. The deviating term ‘community youth work’ can be distinguished in three ways: in terms of its methods of engagement; its explicit commitment to encouraging young people's participation in the youth work process; and through the ways in which it identifies social control and power as key to understanding the ‘problem’ of youth.

Section Outline: The starting point of this chapter is that the development of community youth work must be understood against the backdrop of the historical emergence of ‘the teenager’ and youth culture, and subsequently in relation to the place of young people in a society which has witnessed ...

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