Youth work and youth issues

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Youth work and youth issues
Doing youth work in Australia

Edited by Rob White

ACYS Publishing
June 2010
ISBN 9781875236626, 496pp

Youth work & youth issues

Doing youth work in Australia

Edited by Rob White

The Doing youth work in Australia series offers a comprehensive and systematic discussion of the challenges and realities that youth workers face. In these three volumes, youth workers and other professionals provide profound insights about their profession and about young people’s lives. It sets an agenda for debates about the profession of youth work and for future research and is a must for anyone interested in understanding the field of youth studies today.

Professor Johanna Wyn, Director, Youth
Research Centre, University of Melbourne


Youth Studies Australia is still the best thing around I think, in terms of accessibility, rigour and the balance between research and practice.

Professor Howard Sercombe, Department
of Educational and Professional Studies,
University of Strathclyde, Scotland

   Volume two, Youth work and youth issues, looks at:
  • youth participation, including online and offline participation, youth partnerships and the participation of marginalised young people
  • youth researching youth, including youth-focused research, research ethics and peer support
  • health and wellbeing, including adolescent grief, young deaf people, suicide prevention, primary health care
  • mental health, including access and customer service, services for homeless young people, and services for young people with complex needs
  • sex and sexuality, including sexuality education, sexual health, masculinity, HIV/AIDS, sexual coercion, same sex attracted young people
  • homelessness and accommodation, including homelessness and employment and training, services to homeless young people
  • alcohol and drugs, including education, detox centres, harm reduction, community-based approaches.

About the editor  

Rob White is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Research Unit at the University of Tasmania's School of Sociology and Social Work. Professor White is an internationally respected scholar in the fields of youth studies, sociology and criminology, and environmental and ecological justice. Among his books are: Youth & societyYouth subculturesNo space of their ownJuvenile justice; Crime & criminologyCrime & social controlCrime & societyControversies in environmental sociology;Crime prevention; and Crimes against nature. He has extensive practical experience in working with youth and community workers, police services, teachers, drug and alcohol workers, government policymakers and academic researchers.

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