Breaching Private Life with Authority:Finding a necessary feature of social work

May-Chahal, Corinne and Man Kwong, Har (2011) Breaching Private Life with Authority:Finding a necessary feature of social work. Qualitative Social Work, 10 (4). pp. 520-536. ISSN 1473-3250

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Abstract

In the context of debates about social work’s knowledge base and its essential role this article focuses on how core social work activity might be identified and offers some preliminary suggestions as to what may constitute it. Drawing on a naturally occurring conversation between a social worker and two service users two claims are made. First, that despite concerns with uncertainty in late modernity, some features of interaction remain inherently certain. These include (1) Materiality, the setting and its participants are taken as real; (2) Identity, participants engage on the basis that they are who they say they are; (3) Taken for granted aspects of social organization; for example, that all participants can hold a conversation until shown otherwise; and, (4) Historicity, referring to a preexisting set of accounts, justifications, reasons and communicative orderings. Second, these ‘background expectancies’ provide the resource for topic seeking and non-routine practices that may be necessary to social work such as ‘authorized breaching’ of the domestic sphere and private life.

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Journal Article
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Qualitative Social Work
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60627
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Deposited On:
11 Dec 2012 09:04
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Yes
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Published
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01 Jan 2020 08:15