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7 - 10 Sep 2006 Different Futures: An international conference on young people, risk, resilience and resistance, Scotland
The lives of many young people are shaped by conflict and by the often conflicted worlds of home, school, work and community. The approach to 'youth' in Western society is exemplified by concerns about declining values, identity formation, territoriality and association, sub-culture and deviance. In too many places around the world, oppression, struggle and violence provide the context for the lived experience of many young people.
Whilst the negative flow in State and media interventions is often against these young people, youth work is routinely engaged in an enterprise which seeks to associate with them in ways that develop their voice, asserts their rights and affords the possibility of different futures.
Our fourth biannual conference will provide opportunities to identify with the conflicted experience of young people. We will examine the manifestations of conflict and how young people, and those who work with them, respond to the challenges which these pose.

The conference will offer the opportunity to critically examine the risk, resilience and resistance:

* Risk may be identified with threat and violence (official and unofficial), discrimination (heterosexism, racism) and alienation (exclusion, criminalising)
* Resilience may be engendered in sub-cultural manifestations or by youth work interventions such as youth action, youth arts, youth music and youth media projects which provide the potential to generate voice, build resilience and pave the way for different futures..
* Resistance may be manifest in oppositional practices which seek to subvert the status quo, which lobby for equal rights and diversity and which operate against dominant ideas.

The conference title alludes both to the possibility of transformation for young people through effective youth work but also serves to remind the diverse forces of the State that young people offer the prospect for us all of different futures.

This conference will be of interest to those who are concerned about work with young people including practitioners, academics, policy makers and managers . The key concepts are related to risk, resilience and resistance: the aim is to share and promote critical and practical ideas which connect to the ways in which young people accommodate, deal with and move within, between and away from conflicting worlds.
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Contact: Conference organisers Brian or Annette at brian.mcginley [at] or annette.coburn [at]
Website: ttp://
E-mail: brian.mcginley [AT]

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