Which Blair Project?: Communitarianism, Social Authoritarianism and Social Work

Journal of Social Work (Impact Factor: 1). 04/2001; 1(1):7-19. DOI: 10.1177/146801730100100102


This article provides an analysis of the current ideological and political context through which the nature and identity of social work are being constructed. The analysis briefly traces the development of social policy during the Conservative administrations in the UK between 1979 and 1997: and then a more detailed analysis is undertaken of the period since 1997 under the New Labour government of Tony Blair.

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    • "This has seen 'New Labour' governments extend the project of restructuring the relationship between the state and its citizens initiated by New Right Conservatives (Jordan, 2005). Social services, once envisaged as the province of a universal citizenship are now mere supports for the irresponsible (Butler and Drakeford, 2001; Harris, 2002). Despite this, there has been very little This leads us to argue that a Foucauldian analysis of power relations needs to explore the forms of governmentality that regulate and manage the everyday lives of citizens. "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores relations of power in social work using insights drawn from the critical 'toolkit' emanating from work of French philosopher, Michel Foucault. The article discusses the relationship between Foucault's conceptual tools of 'knowledge and power', the emergence of 'the modern subject' and the concept of 'governmentality'. Despite ongoing pressures, professional power persists as a foundational element surveillance restricts practice however; on the other complexity opens the space for resistance and new formulations of power relations. important implications for how vulnerable
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    • "Given the structural pressures and contradictions for professional practice, education, which understands the dynamic of the market, while incorporating a community development perspective of the rights and capacities of disabled people, should underpin any tertiary education. Current trends suggest that social work is identified with authoritarian practices and thinking (Butler and Drakeford 2001, 15). If social workers are not simply to act as the implementing agents of state policies of surveillance, regulation and management, but as true allies in the struggle against oppression, they have to recognise that disabled people are fighting for a different type of autonomy than that envisaged by current interpretations of community care and independent living. "
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    ABSTRACT: This article surveys the potential for critical disability studies to enhance the teaching of social work education and practice. For disabled people social work can be a contradictory experience. Social workers are part of a ‘disabling’ as well as an ‘enabling’ profession and are increasingly coming under the critical gaze of disabled scholars and activists within the disability movement. As a result of a long association with medicalised paradigms of intervention, social work has either failed to take on board new ways of examining the disability experience or simply left disability as a marginal practice concern. Emancipatory paradigms, which place the views of disabled people as central to the change process, are replacing traditional ways of thinking. In this article, teaching disability is explored within the Australian context where market ideologies are heavily influencing the work of social work and other human service professionals. It reviews teaching an elective subject in disability to undergraduate social work students and concludes with implications for change in the social work curriculum, which should have direct impact on the practice of future social workers.
    Practice 09/2007; 19(3):169-183. DOI:10.1080/09503150701574267
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    • "Clinical assistance from social workers is also discussed as an area of service provision in post-disaster situations (Newhill and Sites, 2000). We share a vision of social work practice that is 'grander than is currently the case' (Butler and Drakeford, 2001: 17), one that challenges the structures which continue to silence and exclude women and prevent an effective response to SGBV in disaster and postconflict settings. Advocacy is a central aspect of that change. "
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    ABSTRACT: EnglishThe majority of people who died in the 2004 tsunami were women. Women endured rape, and sexual and gender-based violence in camps and places of supposed refuge. Similar reports have come from other disasters. This article examines the roles that social workers can take to respond to these issues. FrenchLa majorité des personnes emporté es par le tsunami de 2004 é taient des femmes. Par ailleurs, les femmes sont victimes de viol et subissent d'autres types d'agressions sexuelles et de violence lié e au genre dans les camps de ré fugié s ou les lieux dits de refuge. On relè ve les mêmes constats dans d'autres situations de catastrophe. Cette é tude examine l'apport potentiel des travailleurs sociaux face à ces enjeux. SpanishLa mayoría de la gente que muró en el tsunami de 2004 eran mujeres. Las mujeres soportaron el rapto y la violencia sexual y de gé nero en campos y lugares supuestamente de refugio. Reportes similares provienen de otros desastres. Este artículo examina los roles que los trabajadores sociales pueden asumir para responder a estos temas.
    International Social Work 05/2007; 50(3):307-319. DOI:10.1177/0020872807076042 · 0.48 Impact Factor
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