A Genealogy of Youth Work’s Languages: Founders

  • Allan Clyne Bicentennial Education Fellow, Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh


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.
How to Cite
Clyne, A. (2016) “A Genealogy of Youth Work’s Languages: Founders”, Concept, 7(3), p. 13. Available at: http://concept.lib.ed.ac.uk/article/view/2453 (Accessed: 25November2020).