Body-Power: The Lived Body and Youth Work Practice in Hong Kong
This paper aims to explore youth workers’ body sensitivity, the understanding of different kinds of body issues, and their youth work practice with body issues. The qualitative method adopted in this study. Twenty youth workers who are working in different youth services settings shared their intervention skills when engaging with young people in different bodily issues such as sex, sexuality, drugs, sex work and self-harm behaviors. This study revealed that most youth workers do not have a strong sensitivity on body and they are found to have faced different struggles and difficulties when intervening in body issues with young people. Some of them even implicitly use their professional knowledge and power to regulate body comportment and bodily care of young people.
This study attemptes to relink the strong relationship between body and youth work. It contributes to address some questions and limitations when working with young people under the dominant discourse on biological body in youth work. It also opens the discussion and provides an alternative way to examine the potentials of youth embodiment under the climate of body-insensitive in Hong Kong social context.