This chapter explores the development of English youth work from World War II to the Thatcher-Major era in the mid-1990s. During this period, youth workers attained some recognition as ‘public professionals’, a corpus of both established and newer occupations that became involved in the management and regulation of broad territories of social life: health, education, housing, urban planning and so on. Youth work (and, especially, professional youth work) offers an example of how governmentality (Dean, 2010) has shaped modern liberal and, latterly, neo-liberal Britain.
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