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Modernising social work and the ethics of care

Meagher, Gabrielle and Parton, Nigel (2004) Modernising social work and the ethics of care. Social Work and Society, 2 (1). pp. 10-27. ISSN 1613-8953

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Recent attempts to 'modernise' social work have emphasised the importance of collaboration, partnership, and participation with individual users of services and the wider community. However, technical-rational aspects of managerialism have proved dominant. Managerialist approaches to social service administration and delivery threaten important dimensions of social work; specifically its caring and democratic-transformative dimensions. However, social work theorists have only recently begun to re-engage with ideas of care. We argue that closer attention to feminist debates about the ethics of care can make a significant contribution to not only rehabilitating the ideal of care for social work but also to moving forward the modernisation agenda itself. We develop a feminist critique of managerialism, and argue that the discourse of the ethics of care offers useful ways of framing arguments to counter some damaging impacts of managerial reforms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Catherine Parker
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2008 12:25
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2010 12:45


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