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Is Youth Work Being Courted by the Appropriate Suitor?

NCJ Number
244182
Journal
Child & Youth Services Volume: 34 Issue: 2 Dated: April-June 2013 Pages: 196-209
Author(s)
Dana Fusco
Date Published
June 2013
Length
14 pages
Annotation
This study examined professional identity as it relates to youth workers.
Abstract
It is fair to say that youth work is being courted. The question is by whom and is it an appropriate suitor? The author begins with a brief sociological analysis of profession in order to more closely examine the narratives upon which professional identities rest. These understandings of "professional" are examined alongside accompanying assumptions and implications for professional education. Specifically, the privileging of science and epistemic culture as the foundation for profession is questioned as the best suitor for a practice of working with young people that values meaning over truth, dialogue over evidence, and reflexivity over certainty. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.