Pope, Paula (2016) "Handing over our ethics?" Youth work conversations in times of austerity. Ethics and Social Welfare, 10 (4). pp. 369-377. ISSN 1749-6543

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This paper explores a sample of youth workers’ narratives in which ethical concerns over cuts to youth service funding was a prominent topic of conversation. It relies on data drawn from a qualitative inquiry into professional youth work practice that was contextualised by the austerity measures of the Conservative led Coalition Government in the United Kingdom (2010–15). The youth workers shared concerns that young people were being ‘abandoned’, expressed frustration over managerial systems and identified dilemmas over prescribed funding that might be construed as ‘handing over our ethics’ and at odds with their professional values and practice. A discursive analysis afforded glimpses of engaging narrative techniques and social interaction underpinning these accounts, and illuminates professional beliefs and debates, contributing to an ‘accessible data archive’ [Have, P. ten. 2007. Doing Conversation Analysis. 2nd ed. London: Sage] of this community of practice.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2016.1185795 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth worker narratives, austerity, ethical dilemmas, discourse analysis
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Hannah Reidy
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 14:29
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 15:07
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1983

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