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Cover (small) September 2008 Youth Studies Australia

Youth Studies Australia

Feature articles

Underpaid and exploited:
Pay-related employment concerns experienced by young workers

by Paula McDonald, Sandra Backstrom and Aaron Allegretto

Macro-level data paint a detailed picture of the vulnerability of young people in employment, such as their concentration in casualised jobs, low average-weekly earnings and reduced access to collective representation, yet little is known about the internal conflicts that arise in individual workplaces that employ youth. This study seeks to address this gap in the literature by exploring nearly 700 cases of inquiries made to the Young Workers Advisory Service in Queensland. The inquiries, which relate to issues of conflict about pay that occur between employees and employers, allow a detailed and nuanced analysis of situations where young workers are vulnerable.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3. pp.10-18.
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Young people and citizenship: An everyday perspective

by Anita Harris, Johanna Wyn and Salem Younes

This article addresses the changing nature of civic and political engagement for young people in Australia. It draws on recent research that explores youth engagement from the perspective of changing life patterns which see the current generation making adult choices in a highly individualised context. This approach is highly relevant for the study of youth engagement because it opens up the possibility of recognising new civic and political practices. If young people are no longer experiencing continuous, structured identities and predictable life trajectories, what does this mean for their participation in civic and political life?
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3.  pp.19-27.
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Young people, dangerous driving and car culture

by Hannah Graham and Rob White

There is a widespread perception that hoons are a major danger on Australian roads. However, the statistics and the research paint a very different picture. While young people are disproportionately involved in motor vehicle accidents, very few serious crashes involve high performance vehicles. So why are hoons a source of popular concern? This paper looks at the perceptions of danger associated with hooning and other aspects of car culture, and also explores the purposes that these activities play in the lives of young men.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3. pp.28-35.
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Youth work training package review: More of the same or radical rationalisation?

by Tim Corney and Robyn Broadbent

The development of a national youth work training package in Australia began over 15 years ago. The current package sits under the umbrella of the general Community Services Industry Training Package. The first stage of a review of this package has been completed and the subsequent report not only confirms the recent trend towards the privatisation and employer domination of the training process, and the subsequent de-professionalisation and multi-vocational skilling of traditional youth work, but also raises serious questions regarding the future of stand-alone youth work training in the VET and TAFE sectors in Australia
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3. pp.36-43.
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The politics of education: Why stand-alone youth work degrees matter

by Judith Bessant

While the demand in Australia for youth workers is growing, the education of youth workers in universities is being 'rationalised' because these institutions have been fiscally squeezed by successive federal governments. What are the consequences for youth workers, young people and society as a whole if the move towards 'generic' human service degrees is allowed to continue? Given that there is no national professional youth work association in Australia, what can those who teach youth studies or work in the field do to promote and develop specialised youth work education? Judith Bessant considers these questions while discussing the repercussions of recent developments in youth work education in Australian universities.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3. pp.44-51.
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Youth work: A deconstructive approach for those who work with young refugees

by Peter Westoby and Ann Ingamells

The authors contend that in an Australian institutional context that is shifting under the influence of corporate liberalism, not only has social justice lost some of its leverage as a framework for achieving change, but the constitution of youth work as a profession has also altered. They suggest that these two factors have implications for how we educate and train those who work with young people. In the context of a training workshop for workers who engage with young refugees, the paper proposes employing a deconstructive approach to youth work practice as an alternative to using a social justice framework.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.3. pp.52-59.
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