n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Power and its practice : an ethics for professional youth work

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



This article seeks to explore the meaning of power in the context of youth work. It proposes a theory of power in which power is seen as a mutual relation, and is given up, or 'ceded' to another person. Primarily, this is a relation of cooperation, but often is corrupt or oppressive. The article explores this view, and extrapolates from the theory ideas of what common ethical terms such as 'empowerment', 'dependency', 'corruption' and 'exploitation' might mean in the context of youth work practice.

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