In this unique and passionate book, Doug Nicholls proposes a cultural revolution within youth work. He draws on the best of youth work's past to redesign the youth work map for today. He speaks with wit, wisdom and warmth to youth workers about their craft. Yet he takes no intellectual prisoners in proposing a new role for youth work in the struggle for social justice. No student or practitioner should miss it.
"Extremely accessible, this will challenge and appeal to youth workers, students, academics and policy makers alike. Essential and timely reading." Kev Henman, Divisional Youth Officer, Devon Youth Service
"Doug Nicholls' book makes a passionate case for defending youth work's potential as a powerful transformative force. This is essential reading for all those concerned with youth and community work." Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths', University of London
"Doug Nicholls' message - the need for a new youth work for a new century - is sometimes polemical, often provocative, invariably partisan and always passionate. But it is principled, and it is essential that we reflect carefully on his words." Howard Williamson, Professor of European Youth Policy, University of Glamorgan
“This is a powerful, wide ranging and thought provoking book which needs to be read by a wider audience than just those involved in working directly with young people.” Kevin Donnelly
Doug Nicholls has been a professional and trade union leader of youth workers for over thirty years. He has written extensively on the history of unionisation in the sector and youth work, and produced unique publications on key issues in practice. His advocacy for youth work and youth workers throughout the UK and Ireland have put him in the forefront of debates about theory and practice and much of this experience is distilled into this new publication.
What youth workers do; Youth work and neoliberalism; Youth workers as workers; Youth workers as professionals; Youth workers as trade unionists; Youth workers as socialists; Youth workers and the state; Youth workers in defence of youth work; Youth workers as negative activists; Youth workers as reflective analytical practitioners; Youth workers as leaders; Youth work and inequality; Youth in a suspect society; New youth workers, new youth work.