Shaping the 'at-risk' youth : risk, governmentality and the Finn Report
Tait, Gordon (1995) Shaping the 'at-risk' youth : risk, governmentality and the Finn Report. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 16(1), pp. 123-134.
The category of the `at-risk youth' currently underpins a good deal of youth policy, and in particular, education policy. Primarily, the category is centred around a range of programmes associated with the need for state intervention, intervention which largely occurs `at a distance' within domains such as the school and the family. While it is argued that in some ways, the `at-risk youth' simply replaces older characterisations used in the policing of the young, it will also be argued that the preventative policies associated with `risk' are constituted in terms of factors rather than individuals; that prevention is no longer primarily based upon personal expertise, but rather upon the gathering and collation of statistical knowledge which identifies `risks' within given populations; and that `risk' permits a greater number of young people to be brought into the field of regulatory strategies. Importantly, the category of the `at-risk youth' underpins crucial sections of policy documents such as the Finn Report (into credentialling/ education and vocational competency). In this case, youth is deemed to be `at-risk' of not making the transition to adulthood successfully. It will be argued that not only is the Finn Report significant in the administrative and cultural shaping of the category of `youth', but also by employing the notion of `risk', the Report puts in place yet another element of an effective network of governmental intelligibility covering the young. Finally, it will be argued that young women, as a specific example of a `risk' group (vis-a-vis obtaining certain types of employment), require particular forms of intervention, primarily through changing the vocational aspirations of their parents.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Risk, Governance, Youth, Finn Report|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1995 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is an electronic version of an article published in Tait, Gordon (1995) Shaping the 'at-risk' youth : risk, governmentality and the Finn Report. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 16(1). pp. 123-134.. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education is available online at informaworldTM|
|Deposited On:||27 Nov 2009 09:31|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2010 00:11|
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