Youth work, music making and activism

Howard, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-5721, 2023. Youth work, music making and activism. Youth, 3 (3), pp. 1053-1062. ISSN 2673-995X

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Music making holds great potential for youth activism. When combined with youth work, that potential is significantly heightened. This article applies Kuttner's framework for justice-oriented cultural citizens to data gleaned from five youth workers across three different cities in the East Midlands of England. Each of these youth workers was interviewed about their involvement in music-making activities, from providing instrumental tuition to facilitating lyric-writing workshops, and their perspectives on youth activism. Data from this study highlights the affordances of youth music making in relation to three layers of activism: self-activism, community-level activism and wider social activism. This article concludes by arguing for the importance of music-making spaces for young people and music making practices within youth work.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Youth
Creators: Howard, F.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 2023
Volume: 3
Number: 3
ISSN: 2673-995X
Rights: © 2023 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 18 Sep 2023 08:15
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 08:15

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