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Title: Sectarianism and separation in Northern Ireland : a perspective-based evaluation on the contribution of youth work
Author: McMullan, Martin
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2018
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Research on the conflict in Northern Ireland that focuses on young people and education has been approached from a mostly formal education analysis. My research study fills this void by putting a lens on the role and contribution of youth work (informal education) in addressing sectarianism and separation through an evaluative perspective-based study. Some writers have hinted at many shortcomings within the youth work approach and this lack of certainty on the role and contribution of youth work has informed the direction of my exploratory research study (Morrow, 2004; Millken, 2015). This research provides a platform for a contemporary review of youth work and peacebuilding by practitioners within the youth work sector by exploring their insights and perspectives based on their lived work experiences. Using qualitative methodologies, within an interpretivist paradigm, and specifically a perspective-seeking evaluative framework, the research gathered perspectives through five focussed workshops with youth work-related practitioners in making a qualitative assessment of the effectiveness of youth work in addressing sectarianism and separation. Multiple perspectives provide a conclusive evidence-base which can inform policy and strategy within Education and the Youth Sector. Primary data gathered through four focus groups with young people further provided another dimension to the study, by shedding light on how young people experience or perceive sectarianism and separation. The findings present a foundation of evidence which support the case for fore-fronting youth work as a contributor in addressing sectarianism and separation. A framework and model ‘Developing an Agenda for Peace through Youth Work’ has been proposed that is aligned to findings and consistent citations by those within the profession.
Supervisor: Grace, Marcus Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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