Abstract This article analyzes empowerment in Copenhagen's "wild" social work community. Social practice theory of boundary communities is presented and used to analyze empowerment as dialectic between individual and collective movement. This includes analysis of the boundary positions of the social street workers, their dilemmas, everyday learning and possibilities for expansive learning. A boundary community, such as the "wild" social work community, is constituted by an overlap of communities of social street workers, established professionals with formal educations, and local street communities of young men. The social street work is analyzed at the time of the street riots and fires that took place in Copenhagen, in February 2008. It is analyzed how social street workers, facilitated meetings of the opposing factions, parties who usually do not enter into dialogue. It is discussed how boundary communities may support empowerment in terms of individuals and groups transcending marginal positions, by moving in expansive directions.
Ethos, 2011, Vol 39, Issue 1, p. 115-137
Empowerment; Unge; Socialt arbejde; Grænsefællessskaber; mænd; etnisk; minoritetsbaggrund; Fællesskab; Etnicitet; Ungdomskultur; Ungdomsforskning; young ethnic minority men; social work; Boundary communities