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 and the Surveillance State

Youth work and the surveillance state
Tania de St Croix

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • explain the nature of ‘surveillance’ in British society today and some of the wider social forces driving it;
  • explore how young people in particular are coming under surveillance and their views on it;
  • highlight the ways in which youth work and youth workers are increasingly being drawn into this surveillance culture and its operation;
  • look critically at the impacts of these developments on youth work practice as defined in this book and tentatively suggests ways in which these might be resisted.

Case Study

Most nights, Billy goes to Downtown Youth Club. A camera watches him enter the building, swipe his membership card and walk through a metal detector. ...

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