Transitions from Care to Work for Vulnerable Young People in Spain, England and Argentina: An Approach from a Social Pedagogy Perspective

Miguel Melendros, Jo Dixon, Mariana Incarnato

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking with Young People:
Subtitle of host publicationA Social Pedagogy Perspective from Europe and Latin America
EditorsXavier Úcar, Pere Soler-Masó, Anna Planas-Lladó
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0190937785, 9780190937782
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

Working with Young People offers a new outlook on social, cultural, and educational work with young people. It utlizes the perspective of social pedagogy--a theoretical and practical perspective that has been developing in continental Europe over the last 150 years--in placing young people at the center of socio-educational work and giving value to their decisions and actions. The text supports youths' process of personal construction within the framework of the community in which they live. The book is organized into three large blocks of chapters. The introduction aims to prepare readers for the social pedagogy approach to work with young people. It briefly outlines its current situation in the world and, relate it to the main professions in which it is embodied in different socio-cultural contexts: social pedagogy, social education, and social work. The first block presents the framework and socio-pedagogical, theoretical, and practical parameters in which work with young people takes place in Europe and Latin America. The second block of chapters deals with youth policies and the training and professionalization of educators and those who work with young people. The last block focuses on some socio-educational practices with young people that include youth justice, social inclusion process, youth participation in digital life or transition to adult life. The book is based on a wide perspective of young people from cultural diversity.


  • social pedagogy
  • international research

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