'Youth and Community Work in Ireland Critical Perspectives' identifies and interrogates the key themes with which Irish youth and community work are concerned in the twenty first century.
Contributers from academic and practive settings de-construct the value base of youth and community work and critically appraise significant trends, including partnership with the State, the professionalisation of the sector and the emergence of new definations of 'youth' and 'community'.
The book also generates a much needed intellectual space in which alternative perspectives and approaches to youth and community work are envisaged.
This is currently the only text that covers the theory and practice of youth and community work in Ireland and and appeals to a broad audience including students, workers, volunteers, policy makers and academics in youth and community work and related fields. It also constitutes a key text for youth and community work degrees and related programmes in universities and colleges and is a resource for youth and community work groups, organisations and projects.
The authors of the book include Catherine Forde, Elizabeth Kiely and Rosie Meade. They are all lecturers in the Department of Applied Social Studies in University College Cork (UCC) and have published widley on youth and community work.