The construction and production of youth ‘at risk’

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Author: Wishart, Diane; Taylor, Alison; Shultz, Lynette


This paper looks at policy discourse around ‘youth at risk’ (YAR) by asking two questions: First, how have problems and solutions related to YAR been constructed by Governments? And second, how do particular technologies of Government (differentiation of schools, programmes, and course streams, and the funding and identification of students with special needs) work to produce YAR? Interviews with educators at an alternative high school suggest that although policies to address YAR pay lip service to social justice concerns, technologies that serve to normalize and pathologize different...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Governance; Students; Providers of education and training; Policy; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Youth program; Youth at risk; Government role; Special needs students; School; Policy analysis; Educational alternative

Published: London, England: Taylor and Francis, 2006

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Journal volume: 21

Journal number: 3

Journal date: May 2006

Pages: pp. 291-304

ISSN: 0268-0939, 1464-5106 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Diane Wishart, Alison Taylor and Lynette Shultz

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 85.372

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