Developing youth work: Informal education, mutual aid and popular practice

developing youth work

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Developing Youth Work (1988) was an attempt to construct a coherent and distinctive understanding of youth work. It looked to informal education and association (mutual aid) as the core of the work, and argued that the youth service was in terminal decline. We publish the complete book.




chapter 1: enter youth workers

chapter 2: the making of popular youth work

chapter 3: definition, tradition and change in youth work

chapter 4: the demise of the youth service

chapter 5: beyond social education

chapter 6: good purpose

chapter 7: informal education

chapter 8: developing popular practice


© Mark Smith 1988

Reproduced from Developing Youth Work. Informal education, mutual aid and popular practice, Milton: Keynes: Open University Press.