Journal of Applied Youth Studies v.1 n.4 January 2017

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We are grateful to our friends at the Hong Kong Baptist University for their contributions to this special issue of the Journal of Applied Youth Studies. The Centre for Youth Research and Practice at HKBU was established to advance research and practice in the interrelated areas of youth culture, youth policy and youth work practice with specific reference to promoting exchanges and collaboration across different disciplines both within and outside Hong Kong. A highlight of its work in 2016 was the hosting of an international conference on ‘Youth Divide and Inclusion: Agenda and Alternatives’. Under the general editorial guidance of Angela Tsun and Victor Wong, we are pleased to include five articles in the current issue that are based on papers presented at this conference.


by Rob White


Claiming agency in sexuality: A feminist approach to empowering teenage women with experience of abortion in Hong Kong
by Shirley Hung

In the West, few attempts have been made to study abortion from the perspectives of teenagers themselves, and no such attempts have been made in the Hong Kong context. Based on a study conducted by the author on teenage abortion in Hong Kong, a feminist approach to empowering these young women was developed and implemented. This paper discusses this practice approach based on data collected in group sessions and identifies critical approaches to preventing unwanted pregnancy and abortion in the context of sexual liberation.

Approaching the hegemonic discourse on youth politics in Hong Kong
by Wai-Kwok Benson Wong

Using discourse analysis, this article examines mainstream media construction and representation of the dominant aspect of youth politics in Hong Kong. Particular attention is paid to the collective and deliberate project of framing youth in an undesirable way, then demoralising, devaluing, disempowering and discrediting young people. This meaning-construction project is political in the sense that the demands and observations of young people, notably the existence of socioeconomic inequality and political decay, can be rejected and rebutted through representation of young people as ignorant, dependent, incompetent and perhaps immature, in which case they are not entitled or eligible to question or even challenge the existing order, regardless of whether it is unfair, unequal or discriminatory.

Including transition-age youth using evidence-based mental health treatments
by Peter Szto, Susan Feyen-Reay, Sarah Preston & Claire Rynearson

Young people who experience depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other issues are at risk for marginalisation and inadequate services, particularly in rural areas. Project NETWORK  grants graduate social work students special training using evidenced-based web modules to treat and support young people and their families. The training is important to support today’s youth and prepare the future generation of social work practitioners.

Eco-maps and photo elicitation: Reflections on the use of visual methods in social work research with children and young people in the UK
by Justin Rogers

This article reflects on a novel methodological approach adopted during a study exploring the experiences of young people in foster care in the United Kingdom. A brief account of the context of foster care in the UK and an overview of the theoretical framework that underpinned the study are followed by discussion of the two different visual research methods that were used: eco-maps and photo elicitation. The article concludes that these chosen methods were valuable as they enabled the collection of important data that may otherwise have gone unobserved.

So near and yet so far: Marseille youth attitudes towards democratised institutions of culture
by Elena Raevskikh, Maxime Jaffré & Emmanuel Pedler

This paper examines how young people in Marseille perceive democratised cultural institutions that seek to get in tune with their expectations and cultural preferences, and explores the interplay between the political vision of the city’s peripheral neighbourhoods and the aspirational pursuits of its inhabitants.


Narrative practice with young people who have been using drugs
Angela Tsun

The author shares information about a narrative project conducted in collaboration with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (2014) and funded by the Knowledge Transfer Office of Hong Kong Baptist University. Five young persons who had been using drugs and their social worker  participated in the project.


Did media literacy backfire?
danah boyd

The topic of ‘fake news’ and the attendant responsibility of social media platforms and individuals spread around the world in late 2016. Here, danah boyd, prominent researcher in the field of technology and society, argues that the thorny problems of fake news and the spread of conspiracy theories have, in part, origins in efforts to educate people against misinformation. At the heart of the problem are deeper cultural divides that we must learn how to confront.