Working with Young People is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for supporting young people as they learn about themselves, others and society and prepare for the transition to adulthood. It introduces the fundamental concepts and issues that lie at the heart of contemporary work with young people and challenges you to think deeply about: - the social context of young people - values and principles that underpin practice - the variety of settings in which practice takes place, and - the importance of informal learning in the lives of young people. Whether you are a new student or returning to study, Working with Young Poeple provides a stimulating introduction and a foundation for further study. Sheila Curran is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Donald Mackinnon is Lecturer at The Open University.
Chapter 3: Trouble and Tribes: Young People and Community
Trouble and Tribes: Young People and Community
Young people and adults often have quite different understandings and experiences of ‘community’. The chapter describes some of the strategies used by young people on a particular housing estate to establish their own sense of community. Whilst the behaviour of these young people can be read as disruptive and even illegal, the analysis draws out attention to how collective action is being used to build solidarity, enforce boundaries and give young people a sense of belonging, identity and security.
In Southmead, an area in which I have worked and researched over a number of years, young people are persistently seen as a major problem that stands in the way of the ...