Connecting with and Confronting Inequality - the Role of Youth Work

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 47 (Main Building)
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

This is an open call for papers for presentation or distribution, and posters, with potential journal publication (Youth and Policy). Presentations are to address one of the following themes: 

  • Vision: What are the competing visions for youth work in neoliberal societies? How are the competing visions different in other socio-political systems? Are youth workers catalysts for change or soft-cops, or is this a false dilemma? 
  • Explanation: What is the relationship between youth work theory of society and youth work theories for change: explanation; strategy; and action? 
  • Strategy: What is the evidence that youth work strategies contribute to change? How is strategy related to context? What is the nature of the relationship between personal change and social change in youth work practice? What opportunities are not taken? 
  • Future: What is the unrealised potential of youth work in different socio-political contexts?

Criteria for acceptance of presentations are the following:

  • Must connect youth work theory with youth work practice
  • Must relate the discussion to its socio-political context
  • Must examine evidence critically

“Showcase” posters/distributed papers (posters can be presented with or without distributed papers and vice versa) explaining the methods and achievements of individual projects in their socio-political context must clearly show:

  • the project purpose
  • strategies
  • achievements
  • the socio-political context

The aim is to encourage active participation by new and existing members of RC34 at different stages of their careers hence options of presentation, posters and/or distributed papers for brief noting.

Session Organizer:
Trudi COOPER, Edith Cowan University, School of Arts and Humanities, Australia
Nice Words but Little Action?
Cristina BACALSO, Youth Policy Labs, Canada; Andreas KARSTEN, Youth Policy Labs, Germany
Youth Work and Inequality: Discourse and Practice
Maurice DEVLIN, Centre for Youth Research and Development (CYRD), Maynooth University, Ireland; Hilary TIERNEY, CYRD, MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY, Ireland
Is Youth Work an Endangered Profession in England?
Helen JONES, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Complex Lives - Intentionality, Hope and Change
Wayne RICHARDS, University of Worcester, United Kingdom
The Role of Spaces As Support for Social Inclusion of Youth in Japan
Satoshi OTAYA, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Die Future of Youth Work: Changes of Society and Profession
Arno HEIMGARTNER, University of Graz, Austria
Labor Integration and Job Embeddedness and the Role of Social Factors on the Transitional Phases of Greek Youth in the Time of Economic Crisis
Sotirios CHTOURIS, University of the Aegean, Greece; Dionyssis BALOURDOS, National Center for Social Research, Greece; DeMond MILLER, Rowan University, USA; George STALIDIS, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece; Malama RENTARI, University of the Aegean, Greece
Rethinking Youth Mentoring: Limitations and Possibilities for Youth Work
Tim CORNEY, Queens College University of Melbourne, Australia
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