Reflecting on the Past: Essays in the History of Youth and Community Work (BOK)
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This book is designed to encourage the search for better solutions, more enlightened policies and ways of working with young people that stimulate dialogue and democracy rather than uniformity and conformity. The essays show the authors' enthusiasm and determination to expose and preserve the cord of history linking contemporary practitioners with those who went before. Thoughtful reflection on what once worked - and what did not - is, however, often perceived by those pushing an agenda of reform as something that merely slows down implementation. According to their world view, concern for the ideas and movements that brought us to where we are today is a distraction. History is relegated to the status of 'hobby', and the cord linking us to the past is no longer seen as a precious thread offering a route to greater understanding, but as a rope tied to a sheet-anchor preventing progress. Excluded from the policy forum, and driven from the academy and lecture-hall, the study of the history of community and youth work has, as a result, become an oppositional activity. As a branch of learning it will almost certainly be more vigorous and vibrant as a result of that exclusion. In this absorbing book it is also underpinned by the editors' belief that dissent is an essential component of intellectual and social progress.