Reflecting on the Past. Essays in the history of youth and community work
This book is designed to encourage the search for better solutions, more enlightened policies and ways of working that stimulate dialogue and democracy rather than uniformity and conformity. The essays show the authors” enthusiasm and determination to expose and preserve the cord of history linking contemporary practitioners with those who went before. Thoughtful reflection on what once worked – and what did not – is, however, often perceived by those pushing an agenda of reform as something that merely slows down implementation. According to their world view, concern for the ideas and movements that brought us to where we are today is a distraction. History is relegated to the status of ‘hobby’, and the cord linking us to the past is no longer seen as a precious thread offering a route to greater understanding, but as a rope tied to a sheet-anchor preventing progress. Excluded from the policy forum, and driven from the academy and lecture-hall, the study of the history of community and youth work has, as a result, become an oppositional activity. As a branch of learning it will almost certainly be more vigorous and vibrant as a result of that exclusion. In this absorbing book it is also underpinned by the editors’ belief that dissent is an essential component of intellectual and social progress.
The development of youth work with girls and young women in the nineteenth century Tony Jeffs & Jean Spence, both Durham University
A journey through the history of social pedagogy Gabriel Eichsteller, ThemaPra Social Pedagogy
Amelia Earhart, occupation: social worker Dan Conrad, University of Minneapolis
From Raikes’ revolution to rigid institution, Sunday schools in twentieth century England Naomi Stanton, Open University
HMI Inspectorate and youth work, 1944 – 2009 Tom Wylie
Anomalous identities, youth work amidst ‘trashy daydreams’ and ‘monstrous nightmares’ Simon Bradford, Brunel University
Crossing borders: reflections on Scotland’s first experimental youth centre Annette Coburn & Brian McGinley, Strathclyde University
The Kingston Youth Service: space, place and the Albemarle legacy Jon Ord, College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth
Lessons from the USA National Youthworker Education Project Sheila Oehrlein, Minnesota Dept of Education
Rise and fall of the National Community Development projects 1968-1978: lessons to learn? Keith Popple, London South Bank University
From CYSA to CYWU: A radical journey subverted Tony Taylor, In Defence of Youth Work Campaign
Some, though not all, back issues of the journal are also available. Please contact the editorial group with particular issues in which you have an interest.
Out of Print
Gilchrist, R., Jeffs, T., Spence, J. and Walker, J. (2009) Essays in the History of Youth and Community Work: Discovering the past, Lyne Regis: Russell House Publishing. pp 356.
ISBN 978 1 905541 45 4
Gilchrist, R., Jeffs, T. and Spence, J. (2001) Essays in the History of Community and Youth Work, Leicester: Youth Work Press. pp 247.
ISBN 0 86155 245 8
Gilchrist, R. Jeffs, T. and Spence, J. (2003) Architects of Change: Studies in the History of Community and Youth Work, Leicester: The National Youth Agency. pp 231.
ISBN 0 86155 292 X \r\n
Gilchrist, R., Jeffs, T. and Spence, J. (2006) Drawing on the Past: Studies in the History of Community and Youth Work, Leicester: The National Youth Agency. pp 273
ISBN 0 86155 329 2
Nolan, P.C. (ed) (2003) 20 Years of Youth and Policy: A retrospective, Leicester: The National Youth Agency. pp 297.
ISBN 0 86155 283 0