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Youth work, racist behaviour and young people Education or blame?

Thomas, Paul (2002) Youth work, racist behaviour and young people Education or blame? Scottish Youth Issues Journal (4). pp. 49-66. ISSN 1469-0780

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    This paper explores the issue of racist behaviour by young people, particularly
    White young people and the response of youth workers and other educators to
    that racism. In particular, it argues that anti-racism is simply not working with the
    young people it really needs to work with. The paper provides evidence that
    youth workers have been disempowered by understandings of anti-racist policy
    and practice, and that the same policies may well, unintentionally, be having a
    negative affect on the most marginalised white young people. The paper argues
    that this may well be due to ‘deficit’ understandings of such white young people,
    understandings close to ‘underclass’ pathology.
    The paper was conceived before the events of summer 2001, which saw violent
    clashes involving white and Asian young people, and the Police, in several
    towns in the North of England, and violent incidents directed at Asylum Seekers
    across the UK, culminating in a racist murder in Sighthill, Glasgow. However,
    these events can be viewed as all too predictable. They pose fundamental
    questions of theory and practice for Youth Workers and other educators already
    working with young people who may support, or even perpetrate, such acts of
    racist violence.
    This paper aims to debate these questions by focussing in particular on the
    findings and lessons of an action research project carried out by the University
    of Huddersfield, material from which has since been published by the
    Commission for Racial Equality as ‘Open Talk, Open Minds’ (CRE, 1999). The
    methodology and findings of this research are discussed below.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education) © The Author 2002
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (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: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2007
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:44


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