Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives

Work, Social Assistance, and Marginalization

Karen R. Foster and Dale C. Spencer

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Sociology
  • Bibliographic information: 196 pp., 6 x 9 in.
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  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Poverty and unemployment are on the rise among Canadian youth. Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives looks at the issue from the perspective of those most affected, revealing the difficulties young people encounter with the “support system.” In-depth interviews with forty-five young people in Ottawa reveal that solutions do exist, predicated on recognition that the problem lies not with incorrigible youth, but with a social-aid structure that imposes barriers to success. Intervention is necessary, argue the authors, but not so much in the lives of young people as in the faulty structures that incorrectly presume how they interpret risk, poverty, and their own potential.

Karen R. Foster is Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Management Department of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, Halifax. Dale C. Spencer is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba.

"This is a significant piece of work on the marginalization of youth. . . . It is not only a fine example of interview-based qualitative analysis but also an exemplar of communicating research in a clear, defensible - and socially relevant - way. This subject is of the utmost importance, especially in a modern context in which the welfare and rights of young people are more and more in question and in which marginalization and privation are becoming greater social stigmas." - Bernard Schissel, Professor and Program Head, Doctor of Social Sciences Program, Royal Roads University