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Title: Positive for youth work? Contested terrains of professional youth work in austerity England
Authors: Bradford, S
Cullen, F
Keywords: Youth policy;Austerity;Youth work;England
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 2014
Abstract: This article considers professional youth work in England. It reflects on youth work's persistently anomalous position in the division of labour. Since their achievement of a contested professional status in the 1960s and 1970s, youth workers have pursued an occupational ideology that draws principally on a romantic humanism. Until recently, this provided a relatively stable basis to their practices. Under a dominant contemporary neo-liberalism, influential in different ways across Europe, youth work has been subjected to a range of managerialist practices that have further exposed its ambiguity as a profession. Austerity policy, enacted under the Coalition government, has further weakened professional youth work's position in the welfare division of labour. The article points to resistance to austerity on the part of some youth workers and speculates on the possible future of professional youth work in a policy regime that has little sympathy for the public professions.
Description: © 2014 Taylor & Francis. This article is available open access through the publisher’s website at the link below.
ISSN: 0267-3843
Appears in Collections:Social Work
Youth Work
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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