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Spirituality for Youth-Work

New Vocabulary, Concepts and Practices

Editor(s): Phil Daughtry
Contributors: Stuart Devenish, Trudi Cooper, Tracey Price, Sean Lappin, Rowan Lewis, Merinda Jackson, Rod Baxter, Phil Daughtry,

Book Description

This book addresses a systemic gap in existing studies on human services and youth work. While the notion of spirituality does make rare appearances in such literature, it is often vaguely defined and underdeveloped both as a concept and as a mode of practice. This ambiguity is symptomatic of the broader shift in the sociological context of Western and global societies that has been referred to variously as post-modern, late-modern and post-secular. From the perspective of the relationship between human development and the spiritual/theological, we live in a “time between times”. We have not yet worked out how to speak of “spirit”; nor how to include its meanings in positive youth intervention, and developments in our language for a public spiritual consciousness remain in a state of cultural flux. This book offers a coherent vocabulary and narrative from which to construct a more explicit and deliberate practice of spiritual care, education and professional identity for youth workers. It speaks directly to youth work practitioners, managers of youth services, those providing youth work education, and anyone with an interest in youth and spirituality research and practice.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9447-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9447-8
Date of Publication: 01/08/2016
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £47.99


Phil Daughtry, PhD, is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality at Tabor College of Higher Education, Australia, where he teaches in contemporary spirituality and spiritual formation. Over the previous twelve years, Phil has been active in promoting conversations about the relationships between spirituality and youth work in Australia, England, New Zealand and Singapore, and has published contributing chapters and articles on this topic. He was the primary initiator and facilitator of the Burning Conversations conference (2014) from which this book has emerged.

Stuart Devenish, PhD, is the Director of Postgraduate Studies of the School of Ministry Theology and Culture at Tabor College of Higher Education, Australia. He is the author of Knowing Otherwise (2001), Seeing and Believing (2012), and Ordinary Saints (2016), and joint editor for Religion and Spirituality (2010) and Beyond Well-Being (2012). He has a strong interest in supervising research in areas related to the spiritual life with particular reference to religious identity, the meaning of transformative spiritual and religious experience, and spiritual formation.