Youthwork in conflict societies: from divergence to convergence

Grattan, Alan and Morgan, Susan (2007) Youthwork in conflict societies: from divergence to convergence. In, Magnuson, Doug and Baizerman, Michael (eds.) Work with Youth in Divided and Contested Societies. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, 165-175.


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Based upon initial research in Northern Ireland and South Africa, this paper
examines the role of youthwork and youthworkers in conflict and post-conflict
situations. Using Antonio Gramsci’s concept of the “organic intellectual,” we
argue that the youthworker as an organic intellectual is in a unique position to
empower young people in the democratic political process. It is particularly critical
in situations when communities are in the process of both divergence, moving
towards conflict, and convergence, in the process of reconciliation and
reconstruction. Youthworkers of and from the indigenous community can be the
catalyst for understanding and expressing the common sense philosophy and
worldview of the respective communities. As such, they can be key mediators in
the divergent and convergent processes.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9789087900236 (paperback)
9789087900243 (hardback)
Keywords: youth, youth work, conflict, organic intellectuals, community, divergence, convergence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 63585
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
27 February 2007Published
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:48

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