Using and abusing the arts with 'at-risk' youth

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721, 2022. Using and abusing the arts with 'at-risk' youth. Journal of Applied Youth Studies. ISSN 2204-9193

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Arts programmes are frequently provided for youth who are deemed unfortunate or unruly. Globally, arts programmes for at-risk youth have been widely recognised as beneficial; however, there has been a lack of criticality on how arts experiences can have an adverse impact. Research into a UK-based programme—the Arts Award—is presented to highlight the different, and lower quality, offer for at-risk youth. Multi-sited ethnography captured the experiences of participants accessing the programme through five diverse youth settings. My research demonstrated that often the most disadvantaged young people receive the weakest arts programmes, that are defcit oriented, mechanistic and instrumentalised. This article offers a unique perspective on the ways in which the arts can fail at-risk youth.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Applied Youth Studies
Creators: Howard, F.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 31 March 2022
ISSN: 2204-9193
Rights: © The Author(s) 2022. Open Access. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2022 12:28
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2022 12:28

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