With the proposed development of the ‘youth professional’ and the consolidation of graduate professional qualifications, this is an important time for youth work. This book sets out the current state of debate about youth work for those considering, or about to embark on, a degree course. Contemporary debates in youth work are explored, and help to give students a sense of its history and its future contribution. By combining the experience of its editors and the contemporaneous experience of the voices of contributors, this book provides an excellent introduction to work as a youth worker in the twenty-first century.

Youth Work as Border Pedagogy

Youth Work as Border Pedagogy

Youth work as border pedagogy
Annette Coburn

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • introduce thinking about professional, cultural and political borders and boundaries as a way of thinking about the starting points of youth work;
  • develop the thinking about pedagogy in youth work as a ‘border pedagogy’;
  • illuminate the skills involved in promoting equality in a generic youth work setting.

Thinking about Borders and Boundaries

The process of making meaning and generating understanding may take hundreds of years but sometimes ideas are formed and ‘take hold’ quite quickly; common sense changes because of new ideas. Learning about meaning and understanding is shaped by time and place, by physical environment, by social relationships, and by the individual or collective ideas of those involved in the ...

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