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Exploring young people's and youth workers' experiences of spaces for ‘youth development’: creating cultures of participation

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa. 2013. Exploring young people's and youth workers' experiences of spaces for ‘youth development’: creating cultures of participation. Journal of Youth Studies, 17(1), pp. 26-41. ISSN 1367-6261 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The paper focuses on the emergence of ‘positive youth development’ and its impact on older, more established practices of working with young people, such as youth work. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in England between 2004 and 2006, in particular young people's and youth workers' accounts of participating in youth work, the analysis engages with the social spaces in which youth work takes place and asks key questions about why young people might participate in youth spaces, what they get out of participating and how such spaces can promote cultures of participation. The analysis shows that such spaces provide young people and their communities with biographical continuity and time becomes a key component for sustaining such spaces. The argument is made for a more nuanced understanding of what young people get out of their participation in youth spaces, and for an epistemological approach to youth praxis that embraces the messiness and inequalities of lived experience.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2013.793789

Keywords:

youth development, youth work, liminal spaces, ethnography, participatory video research

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2 November 2013Accepted
14 May 2013Published

Item ID:

22745

Date Deposited:

11 Jan 2018 11:40

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 14:35

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22745

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