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Vasintha Veeran
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This article focuses on the power of enculturation by the youth worker in exploring the discursive discourse of contested spaces in understanding risk and resilience. It argues that the development of resilience is a complex process, which needs to be interpreted and analysed from various perspectives. The varying contexts in which youth work is practised offers a rich source of data to understand how values, beliefs and traditions differ. It also helps us to build on and embrace the complexities of multiple identities. Culture intricately interwoven with the social ecology provides the context for youth to create their own sense of reality through their subjective lived experiences.. Being cognisant of inter alia the role of cultural factors in the way that it enables youth to negotiate and buffer risks, makes youth work more receptive to contextual complexities, and is highly relevant in societies emerging from conflict.