Living and Working on the Cusp of Contradictions

Phoenix, J (2010) Living and Working on the Cusp of Contradictions. Youth and Policy, 104, pp. 32-47.

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In this article Jo Phoenix argues that the struggles practitioners face to have the complex welfare needs of sexually exploited young people recognised are likely to continue into the future. The argument is made by examining three profound tensions shaping the context which both young people and practitioners inhabit. These tensions are between the, broadly, protectionist agenda of policy development on sexual exploitation and: firstly, socio-cultural changes in respect of consumption, sex and identities; secondly political changes and punitive youth justice system expansionism; and, finally, the closed and moralist rhetoric justifying recent policy changes. In the final analysis, young people and practitioners get caught in these contradictions in ways that foreclose critical examination of policy development and recognition of the complexities of the issues involved.

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ID Code: 51921
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:39
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2012 01:17

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