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Social exclusion and youth work: from the surface to the depths of an educational practice

Tineke Van de Walle (UGent) , Filip Coussée (UGent) and Maria De Bie (UGent)
(2011) JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 14(2). p.219-231
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The current dominant discourse on social exclusion and youth work depicts inclusion in youth work as an instrument for inclusion in other more pivotal institutions of society. Recent studies have shown, however, that the participation of socially vulnerable young people does not necessarily yield the anticipated inclusions. Suggestions are subsequently been put forward to bring more structure into youth work initiatives. In this article, we assert that this technical reasoning fails to acknowledge the complexity of social reality. By means of a social pedagogical case study of the coming into being of a Flemish youth work field, we show how youth work actors in Flanders have come to reinforce the social exclusions they were so eager to solve. Our findings raise questions about individualistic fallacies and cultural biases in youth work practices and policies that have relevance well beyond the Flemish context.
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VOLUNTARY-ASSOCIATIONS, ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR, PARTICIPATION, CITIZENSHIP, MOVEMENTS, LEISURE, youth work, exclusion, leisure, social class

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Van de Walle, Tineke, Filip Coussée, and Maria De Bie. 2011. “Social Exclusion and Youth Work: From the Surface to the Depths of an Educational Practice.” Journal of Youth Studies 14 (2): 219–231.
APA
Van de Walle, T., Coussée, F., & De Bie, M. (2011). Social exclusion and youth work: from the surface to the depths of an educational practice. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES, 14(2), 219–231.
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Van de Walle T, Coussée F, De Bie M. Social exclusion and youth work: from the surface to the depths of an educational practice. JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES. 2011;14(2):219–31.
MLA
Van de Walle, Tineke, Filip Coussée, and Maria De Bie. “Social Exclusion and Youth Work: From the Surface to the Depths of an Educational Practice.” JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES 14.2 (2011): 219–231. Print.
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  abstract     = {The current dominant discourse on social exclusion and youth work depicts inclusion in youth work as an instrument for inclusion in other more pivotal institutions of society. Recent studies have shown, however, that the participation of socially vulnerable young people does not necessarily yield the anticipated inclusions. Suggestions are subsequently been put forward to bring more structure into youth work initiatives. In this article, we assert that this technical reasoning fails to acknowledge the complexity of social reality. By means of a social pedagogical case study of the coming into being of a Flemish youth work field, we show how youth work actors in Flanders have come to reinforce the social exclusions they were so eager to solve. Our findings raise questions about individualistic fallacies and cultural biases in youth work practices and policies that have relevance well beyond the Flemish context.},
  author       = {Van de Walle, Tineke and Couss{\'e}e, Filip and De Bie, Maria},
  issn         = {1367-6261},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF YOUTH STUDIES},
  keyword      = {VOLUNTARY-ASSOCIATIONS,ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR,PARTICIPATION,CITIZENSHIP,MOVEMENTS,LEISURE,youth work,exclusion,leisure,social class},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {219--231},
  title        = {Social exclusion and youth work: from the surface to the depths of an educational practice},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506534},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2011},
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