A Genealogy of Youth Work’s Languages: Founders

Allan Clyne


A genealogy is a way of viewing a discourse’s heritage that supports our understanding of it in the present. Here I look at one aspect of the genealogy of youth work; its language. In this article I set out the importance of a discourse’s language and describe the different ways it can be translated through its existence. I look at youth work’s foundational moment: the environment that gave it birth, the people who brought it into being, and the language they used to name its characteristics. This, I suggest, provided youth work with a particular language; a Christian language.


Youth Work; Christian Youth Work

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ISSN 2042-6968 (Online)
ISSN 1359-1983 (Print)