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Engagement Mentoring for 'Disaffected' Youth: A new model of mentoring for social inclusion

Colley, Helen (2003) Engagement Mentoring for 'Disaffected' Youth: A new model of mentoring for social inclusion. British Educational Research Journal, 29 (4). pp. 521-542. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This article presents a critical analysis of mentoring for social inclusion. It traces its dramatic international expansion as a tool of education policies in the 1990s, and identifies a new model, 'engagement mentoring', which seeks to re-engage 'disaffected' young people with the formal labour market, and to engage their commitment to dominant interests through shaping their dispositions in line with 'employability'. Mentors are treated as vehicles for these objectives, their dispositions also subject to transformation according to gendered stereotypes of care. The model is illustrated by a case study of engagement mentoring, and feminist readings of Bourdieu and Marx are used to relocate it within the socio-economic context from which it is usually disembedded. The article concludes that engagement mentoring constructs the habitus of both mentor and mentee as a raw material subjected to an emotional labour process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
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 > Policy Research Group
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: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 09:42
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12625

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