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‘Problematics of Government’, (Post) modernity and social work

Parton, Nigel (1994) ‘Problematics of Government’, (Post) modernity and social work. British Journal of Social Work, 24 (1). pp. 9-32. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This paper attempts to locate contemporary developments and tensions in social work within current debates in social theory concerning the problematics of government and (post) modernity. It argues that modern social work emerged in a period of ‘welfarism’ which has now passed and that as a consequence social work has not simply been restructured in the era of neo-liberalism but is exposed as an activity particularly concerned with managing family life via the exercising of moral judgements and negotiating responsibilities. As a consequence the essential ambiguities of social work are more self evident than previously, and rather than constituting problems to be overcome, articulate the central elements of what it is to do social work. The article concludes by, tentatively, outlining the implications of such an analysis and how it may help us to understand what is going on and how we might proceed

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 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
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 09:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2010 16:01
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/6666

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