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Doing youth work in Australia


Doing youth work in Australia is a three-volume resource designed specifically for Australian youth workers and students of youth work courses.

Each volume contains a select range of contributions from the journal Youth Studies Australia chosen for their relevance to and practical significance for youth work in Australia today. The series is edited by Professor Rob White, Professor of Criminology, University of Tasmania and published by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

This is the first time in the history of youth work in Australia that the writings of so many leading figures in the youth work field have been brought together in a focused series.

Within a very short space of time, the Doing youth work in Australia series is sure to become an indispensable resource for the youth work field.

Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia

At a time when Australian popular music is enjoying increasing international critical and commercial success, this wide-ranging new collection offers a critical revision of popular music's place in Australian society.


Concepts and methods of youth work

The first volume in the Doing youth work in Australia series, Concepts and methods of youth work, looks at the key issues of youth work as a career and as a profession, including models of youth work intervention, general youth work skills, and workplaces.

Youth work and youth issues

Doing youth work in Australia is a three-volume series edited by Rob White and published for the youth work field by ACYS Publishing.

The second volume, Youth work and youth issues, looks at the place of young people in the youth work enterprise, including issues such as youth participation, youth researching youth, health and wellbeing, mental health, sex and sexuality, homelessness and accommodation, and alcohol and drugs.

Youth work and social diversity

Doing youth work in Australia is a three-volume series edited by Rob White and published for the youth work field by ACYS Publishing.

Youth work and social diversity acknowledges, from a youth worker perspective, the diversity of Australian society in terms of culture, linguistics and a variety of social norms and ways of being. It covers the areas of youth work with Indigenous communities, young women, young men and refugees; and youth work in rural locations, integrated services and projects, hospitals, schools and residential care.

Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia

In this detailed examination of case studies, a distinguished group of experts demystifies the social processes of moral panic in Australia. Seventeen chapters explore not only the salience of the notion of moral panic in contemporary Australia, but also the relevance of moral panics in Australian history, the impact of new communication technologies and the demonisation of social categories, such as cultural minorities.


Youth subcultures: Theory, history and the Australian experience

This is the classic text on Australian youth subcultures and an essential guide to the lifestyle and cultural concerns of young people in Australia.


Researching youth

This collection of essays explores methodological issues in the field of youth studies, interrogates how we research youth, and links these discussions to contemporary theoretical debates in the social sciences.


Australian youth subcultures: On the margins and in the mainstream

This collection of essays explores the activities, attitudes, behaviours, images and experiences of young Australian people from widely diverse social backgrounds and personal circumstances.


Against the odds: Young people and work

This book is the first book to bring together such a wide range of perspectives on the subject of young people and work, and is essential reading for youth and community workers, teachers, academics, policymakers, politicians, as well as young people.

Youth, crime and the media

Leading Australian researchers and commentators explore how youth are represented in the media. This collection of papers shows how youth are too often represented as a threat to law and order, morality or community standards, and how the media can be used as an expression of youth culture.


Ethnic minority youth in Australia

From Vietnamese-Australian youth in Sydney's Cabramatta, to Muslim students in Port Hedland, this book provides stimulus for discussion, activity and further research, revealing much about Australian society's basic institutions, processes and structures and about the way we are dealing with questions of social justice, equity and human rights.


And when she was bad

Statistics and common knowledge tell us that young women compose only a minority of the cases dealt with in the juvenile justice system. Given these small (in comparison to male) numbers, it is unsurprising to find that facilities and programs to accommodate the needs of these young women are fewer in number and narrower in scope than those available to young men.


Opting out: Early school leavers and the degeneration of youth policy

This study by Peter Dwyer and the Youth Research Centre examines the causes and outcomes of early school leaving and considers policy implications and effective ways to respond to the issue.

Responding to children and young people’s disclosures of abuse

This paper from the National Child Protection Clearinghouse discusses the topic of children and young people’s disclosures of abuse. It outlines what we know through research and practice about how, why, what and when children and young people are likely to disclose. 

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09 Sep 2011

New social learning platform for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) is creating an online Indigenous social learning platform aimed at empowering young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that are linked to the Centre and its Pathway Partners. Original article

09 Sep 2011

Youth service short of GPs

West Australia Today reports that the youth mental health service headspace - part of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's flagship health reforms - is struggling to attract GPs, who are essential for it to expand its services. Original article

09 Sep 2011

Youth Disability Advocacy National (YDAN)

YDAN is a collective of young people with disabilities between the ages of 12-25 from across Australia. The purpose of the network is to advocate for youth with disabilities on a national level. Original article

09 Sep 2011

Views of young people in detention centres: Queensland 2011

Giving young people the opportunity to share their views and experiences of detention and the youth justice system, this survey conducted by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian considers matters that affect their safety and wellbeing. Original article

08 Sep 2011

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