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Child and Youth Care

Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy, Practice, and Policy

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Child and Youth Care

Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy, Practice, and Policy

Critical and postmodern perspectives have been largely underexplored in the field of child and youth care. This book addresses the gap, showcasing cutting-edge approaches to policy, pedagogy, and practice from diverse perspectives and professional settings. The authors challenge deep-seated assumptions about child and youth care by reinterpreting core concepts such as ethics and outcomes and raising questions about underlying goals and premises. Can the ends of practice be separated from the means? For whose benefit are interventions designed? By recognizing a range of social and political influences on children and youth, this volume bears witness to exciting developments in child and youth care.


260 pages


Table of Contents

Preface: A Personal and Professional Journey / Alan Pence

Introduction / Alan Pence and Jennifer White

Part 1: Teaching and Theorizing Child and Youth Care

1 Articulating a Child and Youth Care Philosophy: Beyond Binary Constructs / J.N. Little

2 Rethinking Developmental Theories in Child and Youth Care / Veronica Pacini- Ketchabaw

3 Re-Stor(y)ing Professional Ethics in Child and Youth Care: Toward More Contextualized, Reflexive and Generative Practices / Jennifer White

Part 2: Critically Interrogating Gender in Child and Youth Care

4 Doing “Sissy” and “Tomboy”: Exploring Childhood Participation in and Resistance to Discourses of Gender and Sexuality / Jonathan Morris

5 Bottom of the Food Chain: The Minoritization of Girls in Child and Youth Care / Sandrina de Finney, Elicia Loiselle, and Mackenzie Dean

6 Father Involvement Initiatives: Social Inclusion or the (Re)Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity? / B. Denise Hodgins

Part 3: Expanding Perspectives in Child and Youth Care Practice

7 Northern Canadian Practice as a Site for Exploration of Child and Youth Care Identities: Inside and Outside Professionalization / Brooke Alsbury

8 Considering Street Outreach to Youth: Politics, Policies, and Practice / Mark L. Kelly

9 Contextualizing Care: Generating Alternatives to the Individualization of Struggles and Support by Considering Loss / Janet Newbury

Part 4: Policy Discourses in Child and Youth Care

10 Constructing and Regulating the Young Offender: Trends in Punishment from Colonial to Contemporary Canada / Lorinda Stoneman

11 Once upon a Time There Was a Ready Child: Challenging Readiness as a Single Story / Kathleen Kummen

Afterword / Jennifer

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