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 7: The Impact of Neoliberalism upon the Character and Purpose of English Youth Work and Beyond
The Impact of Neoliberalism upon the Character and Purpose of English Youth Work and Beyond
This chapter argues that the present state of English youth work exemplifies the corrosive influence of neoliberal capitalism upon its character and purpose. It is offered as a contribution to a collective understanding of how youth workers might criticise and resist on a national and international level neoliberalism’s arrogant contention that there is no alternative. Our analysis is politically committed, stemming from our involvement in the In Defence ...