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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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.

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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

1 The Mission 1

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 Making a Difference 168

Perceptions of Kids 171

Teaching Life Lessons 179

Creating Chances and Challenges 188

Building Social Capital 192

8 Men Andmentoring 200

What Is Mentoring? 201

The Mentoring Movement 209

Mentoring Programs: Practice and Value 216

Recruiting Men 218

Evolving Relationships 227

9 Public Andprivate 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

10 Personal Growth 266

Emotional States and Styles of Feeling 268

Powers of Perception270

Self-Perceptions 274

Life Perspectives 277

11 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

12 Moving Forward 302

Comments on the Cultural Climate 304

A Vision 311

APPENDIX A 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

APPENDIX B Participant Profiles 339

Notes 353

References 367

Index 383

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