DIS[S]CURSE[IF] CHALLENGES: PROFESSIONAL CONVERSATIONS IN CHILD AND YOUTH CARE IN FLUID MODERNITY
I have, as you can see, entitled my talk: Dis[s]curse[if] Challenges: Professional Conversations in Child and Youth Care in Fluid Modernity. I chose this title, in part, with a smile on my face. We have, in the last few years, in what we sometimes refer to as the child and youth care “academy”, challenged ourselves to work with language forms that signal our knowledge of, and affection for, the history, the geneology, of the ideas that support our practices and also show that we can speak the vernacular. New turns of phrase, new ways of employing words that for many of us have had fixed meanings, now force us to meet these words again in different guises, and so create the need for a re-acquaintance, for hearing and seeing again in a different way, what we thought we knew:
Words move [and] music moves…
Words after speech, reach into the silence…
Words strain, crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking or merely chattering,
Always assail them…(Eliot, 1944, p. 19)
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