Critical and postmodern perspectives have been largely underexplored in the field of child and youth care. This book addresses the gap, showcasing cutting-edge approaches to policy, pedagogy, and practice from diverse perspectives and professional settings.
The authors of Child and Youth Care challenge deep-seated assumptions about child and youth care by reinterpreting core concepts such as ethics and outcomes and raising questions about underlying goals and premises. Can the ends of practice be separated from the means? For whose benefit are interventions designed? By recognizing a range of social and political influences on children and youth, this volume bears witness to exciting developments in child and youth care. Chapters in Part 1 redefine the field by offering new theoretical frameworks which, in turn, raise questions about the underlying goal of care and its place in current political agendas. For instance, what unspoken understandings of child, youth, or family well-being are being privileged? To answer these questions, chapters in Part 2 explore underdeveloped issues such as gender, the experiences of girls, and the involvement of fathers, while those in Parts 3 and 4 question beliefs about northern communities, homeless youth, early childhood programs, and young offenders.
By focusing on approaches that recognize a range of social and political influences on children and youth, this volume bears witness to new and exciting developments in child and youth care.
The book will be of interest to students, educators, researchers, and policy makers who work with children, youth, families, and communities.
Child and Youth Care provides a new vision for child and youth care … Educators, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers will find this valuable resource to be on the leading edge of what we desperately need in order to better respond to the needs of the [people] we work with.
Staking out new theoretical frameworks and challenging mainstream thinking in the field of child and youth care, this book constitutes a timely intervention and much-needed resource for both practitioners and scholars in the field.
This book clearly reflects a professional ‘coming of age’ [and] makes a strong case for developing a unique professional paradigm that gives voice to the rich variety of issues, contexts, and perspectives that practitioners encounter.
Alan Pence is UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development and a professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Jennifer White is an associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Contributors: Brooke Alsbury, Mackenzie Dean, Sandrina de Finney, B. Denise Hodgins, Mark L. Kelly, Kathleen Kummen, J.N. Little, Alan Pence, Elicia Loiselle, Jonathan Morris, Janet Newbury, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Lorinda Stoneman, and Jennifer White.
Preface: A Personal and Professional Journey / Alan Pence
Introduction / Alan Pence and Jennifer White
Part 1: Teaching and Theorizing Child and Youth Care
1 Articulating a Child and Youth Care Philosophy: Beyond Binary Constructs / J.N. Little
2 Rethinking Developmental Theories in Child and Youth Care / Veronica Pacini- Ketchabaw
3 Re-Stor(y)ing Professional Ethics in Child and Youth Care: Toward More Contextualized, Reflexive and Generative Practices / Jennifer White
Part 2: Critically Interrogating Gender in Child and Youth Care
4 Doing “Sissy” and “Tomboy”: Exploring Childhood Participation in and Resistance to Discourses of Gender and Sexuality / Jonathan Morris
5 Bottom of the Food Chain: The Minoritization of Girls in Child and Youth Care / Sandrina de Finney, Elicia Loiselle, and Mackenzie Dean
6 Father Involvement Initiatives: Social Inclusion or the (Re)Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity? / B. Denise Hodgins
Part 3: Expanding Perspectives in Child and Youth Care Practice
7 Northern Canadian Practice as a Site for Exploration of Child and Youth Care Identities: Inside and Outside Professionalization / Brooke Alsbury
8 Considering Street Outreach to Youth: Politics, Policies, and Practice / Mark L. Kelly
9 Contextualizing Care: Generating Alternatives to the Individualization of Struggles and Support by Considering Loss / Janet Newbury
Part 4: Policy Discourses in Child and Youth Care
10 Constructing and Regulating the Young Offender: Trends in Punishment from Colonial to Contemporary Canada / Lorinda Stoneman
11 Once upon a Time There Was a Ready Child: Challenging Readiness as a Single Story / Kathleen Kummen
Afterword / Jennifer White and Alan Pence
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