Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practice

Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practice

by Kate Brown

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The notion of 'vulnerability' is now a prominent motif in social policy in the UK and beyond, with important implications for those deemed 'vulnerable'. Yet the effects of recalibrating welfare and criminal justice processes on the basis of vulnerability often escape attention. This distinctive book draws together lived experiences of vulnerability with academic and practical applications of the concept, exploring the repercussions of a 'vulnerability zeitgeist' in UK policy and practice. Through a focus on the voices and perspectives of 'vulnerable' young people and the professionals who support them, it questions how far the rise of vulnerability serves the interests of disadvantaged citizens. Illuminating where support shades into more controlling practices, the book is important reading for scholars, students and policy-makers interested in exclusion, precariousness, deviance and youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447318224
Publisher: Policy Press
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Kate Brown is a lecturer in social policy and crime at the University of York, where she is chair of the Board of Studies (Criminology).

Table of Contents

The Vulnerability Zeitgeist
Making Sense of Vulnerability
The Rise of Vulnerability in Social Policy
Vulnerability Management
Vulnerable Young People’s Life Stories
Vulnerable Identities?
The Social Mediation of Vulnerability
Vulnerability, Care and Social Control

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