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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 pp. 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.

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Published date: 27 February 2007
Keywords: youth, youth work, conflict, organic intellectuals, community, divergence, convergence


Local EPrints ID: 63585
ISBN: 9789087900236
PURE UUID: 05171039-4ab9-44be-b38c-621352a716a8

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Date deposited: 20 Oct 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:16

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Author: Alan Grattan
Author: Susan Morgan
Editor: Doug Magnuson
Editor: Michael Baizerman

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