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Reflections on gender, knowledge and values in social work

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn 2002. Reflections on gender, knowledge and values in social work. British Journal of Social Work 32 (1) , pp. 1-15. 10.1093/bjsw/32.1.1

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Abstract

This paper is a discussion of the application of social work knowledge and values in practice. It draws on ethnographic research in a child‐care team in the UK which set out to explore the construction of clients as gendered. It is argued that social workers' accounts of practice reveal tensions between an emphasis on clients as individuals and an emphasis on social collectivity. These tensions could be seen as inherent in social work knowledge and values. There are various implications of these tensions between the individual and the social, but there is a particular focus in the paper on the implications for questions of gender. It concludes with some ideas for a theory for practice that would better equip social workers for the complex task of negotiating the gender tensions raised in the paper.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/30801

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