Interrogating Conceptions of “Vulnerable Youth” in Theory, Policy and Practice

  • Kitty te Riele
  • Radhika Gorur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kitty Te Riele
      Pages 17-32
    3. Roger Slee
      Pages 33-45
  3. Policy Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Lawrence St. Leger
      Pages 79-95
    3. Julie White
      Pages 97-110
  4. Practice Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Anne Hampshire, Gillian Considine
      Pages 113-131
    3. Kristy Muir, Bridget Jenkins, Lyn Craig
      Pages 133-149
    4. Liza Hopkins, Tony Barnett
      Pages 151-164
    5. David Farrugia, John Smyth, Tim Harrison
      Pages 165-179
    6. Rosalyn Black, Lucas Walsh
      Pages 181-194
  5. Young People’s Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Alison Baker, Vicky Plows
      Pages 197-211
    3. Geskevalola Komba, Jesse Slovak, Billy White, James Williams
      Pages 213-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-242

About this book


Young people who are considered ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at risk’ are a particular target of various policies, schemes and interventions. But what does vulnerability mean? Interrogating Conceptions of “Vulnerable Youth” explores this question in relation to various policy fields that are relevant to young people, as well for how this plays out in practice and how it is experienced by young people themselves. What makes this book unique is that most authors had the opportunity to jointly explore these issues during a two-day workshop, and their chapters are informed by their cross-agency and cross-discipline discussions, making for a nuanced and thoughtful set of contributions. This collection is highly recommended for researchers and research students in the social sciences, as well as professional staff working in youth policy and youth services, in government departments and in NGOs. “Those who are most vulnerable should receive our greatest moral attention. However, the translation of generalised moral principles into effective policy and programs has never been easy. Political interests have invariably intervened, leading to complex debates about how vulnerability should be defined, classified, measured and represented. In recent years, these debates have become further complicated, as nation-states around the world have preached austerity. This timely book suggests that the responsibility for protecting the vulnerable cannot be left to individuals, but demands collective action, through institutions such as education, health and welfare. It examines some of the ways in which public policies and programs represent those who are vulnerable, involving a range of assumptions about the social, economic and political conditions that produce their vulnerabilities.” From the Foreword by Professor Fazal Rizvi


inclusion and exclusion youth participation youth policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Kitty te Riele
    • 1
  • Radhika Gorur
    • 2
  1. 1.The Victoria InstituteVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.The Victoria InstituteVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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