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Rethinking professional practice: the contributions of social constructionism and the feminist ethics of care

Parton, Nigel (2003) Rethinking professional practice: the contributions of social constructionism and the feminist ethics of care. British Journal of Social Work, 33 (1). p. 1. ISSN 0045-3102

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Drawing upon social constructionist and postmodern perspectives, together with recent feminist debates about ‘the ethics of care’, this paper reflects upon the productive ways in which contemporary social work can be thought about, organized and practised professionally. It argues that an emphasis on: process; plurality of both knowledge and voice; possibility; and the relational quality of knowledge are key elements in taking these issues forward. In contrast to the traditions of abstract and instrumental reasoning where the pursuit of knowledge is intertwined with the pursuit of control, the importance of sensory knowledge, symbolized by the unity of hand, head and heart is underlined.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) © 2003 British Association of Social Workers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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