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Conflicting Voices in Catholic West Belfast: Implications for the Youth Organizations of Northern Ireland

By Timothy J. Chryssikos


This thesis attempts to engage the community relations organizations of Northern Ireland in a dialogue regarding their current policies and provisions for youth. Using Catholic West Belfast as a case study where the author performed fieldwork as a youth worker at youth Initiatives during the summer of 2004, it was discovered that through no fault of their own original initiative, youth organizations do not reach out to deviant youth effectively because they do not speak directly to the voices of marginalized youth. The projected mission of youth organizations must be dialogic and not “monologic” if contact with marginalized youth is to be achieved. The author draws on literary and cultural theories of Mikhail Bakhtinin defining “dialogic” speech as that in which both parties listen to each other, participate equally, and neither voice is silenced, whereas “monologic” implies the opposite

Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:triceratops.brynmawr.edu:10066/7226
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