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Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives
Work, Social Assistance, and Marginalization
Karen R. Foster   Dale C. Spencer  

$90.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 8/10/2012
ISBN: 9780774823302    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774823319    

196 Pages


About the Book

Poverty and unemployment are on the rise among Canadian youth. Clearly something needs to change, but current social-assistance models are based on problematic assumptions about the lives and possible trajectories of "risky" young people.

Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives explores the difficulties many marginalized young people encounter with the "support system" available to them, as well as the social forces that push them to the margins in the first place. Drawn from interviews with forty-five patrons of a youth drop-in centre, this important work resituates the nexus of the problem from the identification of individual "risk factors" to the recognition of the contradictions and barriers contained in the very social-aid structures that are meant to bring their target populations back into the fold of "normal" society.

Intervention is indeed necessary, but more to challenge the prevailing structures that incorrectly presume how disadvantaged young people interpret risk, poverty, and, most important of all, their own potential.

About the Author(s)

Karen R. Foster is Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Management Department of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, Halifax.

Dale C. Spencer is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba.

Table of Contents


1 Seeing Youth and Young People

2 Youth in the Sociology of Work, Work in the Sociology of Youth

3 Getting to Work

4 Being at Work

5 Young People, Neoliberalism, and Social Assistance

6 Abjection and Poverty

7 Everyday Life


Appendix 1: Demographic Profiles

Appendix 2: Interview Guide

Appendix 3: Overview of Ontario Works

Notes; Works Cited; Index


"This is a significant piece of work on the marginalization of youth ... It is not only a fine example of interview-based qualitative analysis but also an exemplar of communicating research in a clear, defensible -- and socially relevant -- way. This subject is of the utmost importance, especially in a modern context in which the welfare and rights of young people are more and more in question and in which marginalization and privation are becoming greater social stigmas."
-- Bernard Schissel, Professor and Program Head, Doctor of Social Sciences Program, Royal Roads University

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