The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice showcases the value of professional work with young people as it is practiced in diverse forms in locations around the world. The editors have brought together an international team of contributors who reflect the wide range of approaches that identify as youth work, and the even wider range of approaches that identify variously as community work or community development work with young people, youth programmes, and work with young people within care, development and (informal) education frameworks. The Handbook is structured to explore histories, current practice and future directions: Part One: 'Youth Work' and Approaches to Professional Work with Young People Part Two: Professional Work With Young People: Projects and Practices to Inspire Part Three: Values and Ethics in Work with Young People Part Four: Current Challenges and Hopes for the Future

Chapter 2: How to Support Young People in a Changing World: The Sociology of Generations and Youth Work

How to Support Young People in a Changing World: The Sociology of Generations and Youth Work

How to Support Young People in a Changing World: The Sociology of Generations and Youth Work
Dan Woodman Johanna Wyn

Introduction

In this chapter we revisit the idea of generations as a tool for thinking about the unequal lives of young people in changing times and extend this to the question of how a generational awareness can be helpful in the context of youth work. Young people today are likely to be living very different lives to their parents at the same age. Many changes are positive but some are not. In general, young people are more educated, physically healthier and have greater mobility ...

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