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Proving our Worth? Youth Work, 'Race' and Evidence

Thomas, Paul (2011) Proving our Worth? Youth Work, 'Race' and Evidence. Youth and Policy, 107. pp. 18-33. ISSN 0262-9798

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    Abstract

    The Education Select Committee Inquiry into Services for Young People has raised challenging issues around the impact and benefit of publicly-funded youth work, explicitly suggesting that the evidence base for the positive impact of such work is limited. This article suggests that such an assertion is misplaced, and contributes to the assembly of data around the positive impact of youth work by drawing on existing academic evidence to examine impact in relation to issues of ‘race’, racism and ethnic identity. In doing so, it suggests that any discussion of ‘impact’ should not simply accept limited and mechanistic understandings of impact in relation to what youth workers do with young people, but should also consider what youth work enables policy-makers to know and understand about the experiences and perspectives of young people, what it tells us about society when youth work provision is not available, and how key public policies are actually understood, operationalised and experienced at ground level. In this way, the article also argues for more youth work-based research that examines youth work’s engagement with policy initiatives and important social problems.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: By permission of Youth and Policy: http://www.youthandpolicy.org/ Youth and Policy is an Open Access Journal.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Race; Cohesion; Youth Work; Evidence; Extremism
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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    Depositing User: Paul Thomas
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 14:52
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12162

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