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Concepts and methods of youth work
Doing youth work in Australia series v.1
Edited by Rob White
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
October 2009, ISBN 978 1 875236 61 9
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This title will be launched by Dr Ani Wierenga at the YACVic conference, Here, Now and Next, the state of affairs for young people and workers in Victoria, in October 2009.

Recent titles

Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia
Edited by Shane Homan and Tony Mitchell
June 2008, ISBN: 978 1 875236 60 2 (pbk)
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Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia
Edited by Scott Poynting and George Morgan
March 2007, ISBN: 978-1-875236-59-6 (pbk)
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Concepts and methods of youth work

Through the 'Doing youth work series', "the collective challenges and achievements of young people, youth researchers and youth practitioners" are presented in an accessible compilation of our combined work to share with each other and, perhaps even more importantly, with those who will work with young people in the future" (Robyn Broadbent, Coordinator, Youth Work, Victoria University)


Researching youth

Described by UK researcher Sue Health as "one of the few current textbooks which focus exclusively on the specific methodological challenges of conducting youth research" ('Researching young people's lives', 2009, p.2), this collection of essays explores methodological issues in the field of youth studies. It interrogates how we research youth, and links these discussions to contemporary theoretical debates in the social sciences.


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. Its contributors are passionate about their subjects, thoughtful and theoretically interesting, and immensely knowledgeable, not only about the histories and personalities of the various kinds of music they write about, but also about the music itself.


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. Set as a text for university students, this book is a fascinating read for all those who want to go behind the hysteria, the headlines and the sound bites.


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.


Australian youth subcultures: On the margins and in the mainstream

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


Youth, crime and the media

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


Against the odds: Young people and work

This 1998 text remains essential reading for anyone concerned with the issues surrounding young people and work.

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