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Title: The theory and practice of voluntary youth work : a case study in one local authority.
Author: Heyes, Anthony.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3555 6875
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 1992
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This thesis is a study of the tensions and contradictions within and between the theory and practice of youth work. The relationship between Northenden Methodist Youth Centre in Manchester and the City Education Department serves as a microcosm exemplifying the conflicts inherent in the youth work sector of education. Part One eJC.aminesthe bureaucratic, statutory, social and historical forces shaping the context within which youth work operates. Part Two considers the relationship between the Youth Club and Manchester City Council to determine the significance of the conflicting influences in their dispute. The findings of this thesis are that: Bureaucratic control of voluntary youth work as exercised by local authorities inhibits its practice in such a way as to conflict with its expressed aim of responding to the needs of young people. 2 The failure of youth work in practice to abandon the concept of social control alienates the young. Using Christianity as an instrument of social control conflicts with the professed aims of committed Christians whose involvement in youth work arises from their sincerely professed beliefs which reject such an instrumental view of their ideology. 3 The contradictions inherent in the theory of youth work lead to its failure in practice to meet many of its stated goals. 4 Youth work ideology posits aims which in practice are unrealisable because of its failure to recognise the restrictions imposed by the changing social, demographic, ideological and economic context in which it operates. These tensions and conflicts result in youth work as traditionally practised being unable to meet th·e needs of young people. Its idealism militates against the adoption of realisable goals and often leads to its potential for good being unrealised. This is shown by its chronic underfunding and lack of recognition. It needs radically to be revised in its aims and practice to meet the needs of the next decade.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology