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Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives

Work, Social Assistance, and Marginalization

Poverty and unemployment are on the rise among Canadian youth. Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives looks at the issue from the perspective of those most affected, revealing the difficulties young people encounter with the “support system.” In-depth interviews with forty-five young people in Ottawa reveal that solutions do exist, predicated on recognition that the problem lies not with incorrigible youth, but with a social-aid structure that imposes barriers to success. Intervention is necessary, argue the authors, but not so much in the lives of young people as in the faulty structures that incorrectly presume how they interpret risk, poverty, and their own potential.

196 pages

Table of Contents


1 Seeing Youth and Young People

2 Youth in the Sociology of Work, Work in the Sociology of Youth

3 Getting to Work

4 Being at Work

5 Young People, Neoliberalism, and Social Assistance

6 Abjection and Poverty

7 Everyday Life


Appendix 1: Demographic Profiles

Appendix 2: Interview Guide

Appendix 3: Overview of Ontario Works

Notes; Works Cited; Index

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