Journal Article

Reconsidering Adolescent Subjectivity: A ‘Practice-Near’ Approach to the Study of Adolescents, Including Those with Severe Learning Disabilities

Stephen Briggs and Helen Hingley-Jones

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 43, issue 1, pages 64-80
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr167
Reconsidering Adolescent Subjectivity: A ‘Practice-Near’ Approach to the Study of Adolescents, Including Those with Severe Learning Disabilities

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This article aims to explore new approaches to working with young people that are relevant to changed techno-social contexts. First, an emerging theory of adolescent development is elaborated, based on the notion of subjectivation, which takes into account new contexts and thinking about the development and experiences of young people and which is oriented towards inclusive practice. Second, appropriate practice-near methods for exploring and empirically assessing the applicability of this approach are discussed and applied through two examples: the first, more briefly discussed, is an example from social work practice with young people in a mental health setting, while the second example, based on an observational study, focuses on the relational and emotional aspects of development of severely learning-disabled young adolescents. The article concludes that the delineation of four distinct fields of subjectivation facilitates emotionally and relationally sensitive and relevant practice with young people.

Keywords: Subjectivation; adolescence; severe learning disability; practice near research methods

Journal Article.  6931 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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