Men on a Mission: Valuing Youth Work in Our Communities

Men on a Mission: Valuing Youth Work in Our Communities

by William Marsiglio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801888301

ISBN-13: 9780801888304

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Men on a Mission provides the first comprehensive study of men who work and volunteer with kids in a variety of public settings. This engaging book brings to life diverse histories and experiences of men who have worked as coaches, teachers, youth ministers, probation officers, Big Brothers, Boys & Girls Club staff, 4-H agents, and the like.

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Overview

Men on a Mission provides the first comprehensive study of men who work and volunteer with kids in a variety of public settings. This engaging book brings to life diverse histories and experiences of men who have worked as coaches, teachers, youth ministers, probation officers, Big Brothers, Boys & Girls Club staff, 4-H agents, and the like.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with men between the ages of 19 and 65, ethnographic observations, and more than twenty years of research on fathers, William Marsiglio explores the many aspects of male mentorship of youth, including the motivating factors, the effectiveness of differing interpersonal strategies, how the work is perceived, the influences that youth work and fathering exert on each other, the ways in which such volunteerism affects men's personal development, and the impact of social policy and programmatic initiatives. He also highlights timely public debates about the feminization of work with kids, the culture of fear arising from the exploitation of children, public discussions about fatherhood, and community initiatives to help at-risk youth.

Situating men’s youth work in historical perspective and discussing the status of youth today, this original and groundbreaking analysis offers a forward-looking vision for getting men more involved, and involved more productively, in helping kids thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801888304
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,073,181
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
The Mission     1
The Landscape     10
Youth Well-Being     12
Child and Adolescent Development     17
Today's Cultural Climate     20
Across the Decades     31
Demographics of Men's Involvement     38
Social Places     41
Physical Conditions     45
Time, Place, and Communication     52
Perceptions and Symbols     54
Institutions, Norms, and Policy Constraints     59
Private versus Public Places     69
Gendered Places     71
Men's Motives     75
Theories of Boys' Early Years     77
Gender and the Boy Code     80
Getting and Staying Involved     86
Giving Back     88
Filling Gaps, Expanding Horizons     90
Generativity and "Passing It On"     93
Reciprocity and Feeling Good     98
Seeing the Impact, Being Recognized     100
Relating to Kids     108
Leveling     110
Inviting Comfort, Contact, and Trust     118
The Power of Touch     122
Expressing Bonds     126
Rituals     132
Managing Borders with Kids and Parents     136
Managing Kids     144
Letting Kids Know They Matter     149
Keeping It Real     154
Being Ready: It Can Happen Any Time     156
Managing Difficult Kids     158
Making A Difference     168
Perceptions of Kids     171
Teaching Life Lessons     179
Creating Chances and Challenges     188
Building Social Capital     192
Men and Mentoring     200
What Is Mentoring?     201
The Mentoring Movement     209
Mentoring Programs: Practice and Value     216
Recruiting Men     218
Evolving Relationships     227
Public and Private Lives     233
Blended versus Separate Lives     235
The Culture of Fatherhood     242
Youth Work as Training for Fathering     248
How Youth Work Affects Fathering     252
How Fathering Affects Youth Work     256
Family Building and Claiming     262
Personal Growth     266
Emotional States and Styles of Feeling     268
Powers of Perception     270
Self-Perceptions      274
Life Perspectives     277
Youth Work Domains     282
Childcare     283
School     285
Monitoring Sites and Criminal Justice     290
Recreation     292
Faith-Based Settings     295
Applying Lessons across Domains     298
Moving Forward     302
Comments on the Cultural Climate     304
A Vision     311
Reflections on Study Methodology and
Future Research     325
Recruitment and Sample     325
The Interviews     326
Framing, Interpreting, and Judging the Interviews     328
Making Sense of the Transcripts     332
Ethnographic Observations     333
The Writing     334
Future Research     336
Participant Profiles     339
Notes     353
References     367
Index     383

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