The following thesis deals with different mandates of social work, especially of youth work in public space. Special attention is drawn to the mandate of control, which is one part of the "double mandate" of social work.
Public space is therefore examined in terms of where power relations manifest themselves. Moreover the importance of public space for young people and sociospatial youth work will be described. The thesis consists of three major components: The public space and its appropriation by young people, youth work in public space and a discussion of the mandates of social work.
Eventually a connection of the three described components will be made by highlighting the mandates of youth work in practice that are revealed particularly in public space.