A discourse and practice gap in working with youth-at-disadvantage in the outreach social work service in Hong Kong
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AbstractIn this study, the discourses of outreach youth workers reveal that the majority of them are quite conscious of how broader social, contextual and familial changes impact the problem behavior of young people in Hong Kong. Moreover, many of them prefer not to be strict social control agents who harshly regulate the behavior of young people, as expected by society. Ideally, these workers can be a force for social change when they are highly conscious of social impacts on the situations of young people and do not prefer to be strict social control agents. In their everyday practices, however, the ways by which they select and assemble their work are political and complicated. Their discourses are usually subjugated in the complex relations of power at work between the policy demands on the work focus and to the output standards of the service, on the one hand, and the orientations of the agencies, on the other. As a result, what they do remains at the personal and remedial level in regulating the problem behavior of young people. Although none among them has denied the importance of including both micro and macro levels of intervention in the service, a discourse and practice gap does exist in their everyday practices. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListTam HL
Journal nameChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume Number34
Issue Number8
Pages1570 - 1580
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsDisciplinary and confessional controls; Discourse and practice gap; Foucault's discourse analytic approach; Outreach social work
Web of Science Subject CategoriesFamily Studies; FAMILY STUDIES; Social Work; SOCIAL WORK

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