Unveiling the layered structures of youth work

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Abstract

This study describes the components and actors of stakeholder and youth interaction with a particular interest in visibilising different structures and power positions among pluriversal spaces and perspectives. The aim is to seek to respond to the following research questions: What are the underlying factors defining youth work and how to perceive complexity of the situations that the youth at different margins live in? The primary data of this case study is based on 20 semistructured thematic and reflective group discussions conducted in 2020–2021 with youth workers from different organisations. The data were analysed with inductive thematic qualitative analysis. Content analysis of the websites of the youth work services guided the observation of complexity. Three analysis perspectives—the bird’s eye, grassroots, rhizome—were outlined from the emerging themes from the interviews. The theory of space syntax brought together these perspectives. A matrix was formed to summarise the findings of the study. It shows how the layers and perspectives, as well as the actors and places, form the plurality of interactions and networks involved in youth work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic Cartography and Design Explorations Towards the Pluriverse
EditorsSatu Miettinen, Enni Mikkonen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter17
Pages195-202
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-28517-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-24516-4, 978-1-032-25823-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

Keywords

  • youth work
  • layers
  • complexity
  • bird’s eye perspective
  • frog perspective
  • rhizome perspective

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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