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Love: Recognising relationships in work with vulnerable youth

International Journal of Social Pedagogy

UCL Press

Youth participation, recognition, love, identity, relationship

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      The article focuses on the role love can play in professional child welfare services (CWS). It is based on participant observation and interviews with 14 young people in contact with the CWS in Norway. The youths are followed from a time when they were rebelling and in conflict with the environment through their experiences of entering into a partnership with social workers supporting them in their school, work, family and leisure. The youths’ perspectives on what love is in professional relationships is discussed in light of Axel Honneth's theory of recognition, where love can be seen as a foundation for the development of identity and self-esteem. The article finally discusses what love can bring to social work practices and, specifically, to work with vulnerable youth.

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            Department of Social Work of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim , Norway
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            Hilde Marie Thrana has a background as a social worker for several years in child welfare services in Norway. Her research interests are vulnerable children and youth, child welfare and drop-out from school. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Social Work and Love: The significance of Love in child welfare practice’. Today she is an Associate professor at the Department of Social Work, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where she is involved with education and research in child welfare and social work.

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            International Journal of Social Pedagogy
            IJSP
            UCL Press (UK )
            2051-5804
            1 December 2016
            : 5
            : 1
            : 71-89
            10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2017.06
            Thrana, H.M. (2016). Love: Recognising relationships in work with vulnerable youth. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]

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