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Youth Outreach Work: Using Solidarity to Empower Marginalized Youth

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dc.contributor.advisor Kawano, Satsuki Clarke, Warren 2015-04-29T19:30:17Z 2015-04-29T19:30:17Z 2015-04 2015-04-23 2015-04-29
dc.description.abstract What approaches do Toronto youth outreach workers (YOWs) use to make meaningful ties with marginalized youth, so that youth become interested in their own social development? In this thesis, I explore the practices that YOWs use to build reciprocal relationships with marginalized youth. I conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 YOWs who shared their experiences of working with marginalized youth, their perceptions of the issues faced by youth, and their specific strategies of support. By using Sherry Ortner’s practice theory, I identified that what she calls “relations of solidarity” are present in the support relationships between YOWs and marginalized youth. The tie between the YOWs and the youth is a mutual bond that includes non-judgement, reciprocity, and compassion. This study indicates that practice theory and relations of solidarity are useful because they expose the nature of the relationship between marginalized youth and YOWs, and reveal how YOWs are able to support and educate marginalized youth. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Youth outreach workers en_US
dc.subject Marginalization en_US
dc.subject Solidarity en_US
dc.subject Relationships en_US
dc.subject Toronto en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.title Youth Outreach Work: Using Solidarity to Empower Marginalized Youth en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Public Issues Anthropology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US

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