This paper examines youth practitioner professionality responses to neo-liberal policy changes in youth work and the youth support sector in the UK, from New Labour to Conservative led administrations. Using a narrative inquiry approach, six early career practitioners, explore and recount their experiences of moving into the field during changing political times. The narratives reveal differentiated responses to a climate of increasing managerialism and performativity but point to the value of narrative capital as a personalised resource.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2017


Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Educational Studies on 26/05/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00071005.2017.1332334


  • youth practitioner identities
  • professionality
  • narrative capital

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