Journal Article

Reflections on Gender, Knowledge and Values in Social Work

Jonathan B. Scourfield

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 1, pages 1-15
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Reflections on Gender, Knowledge and Values in Social Work

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This paper is a discussion of the application of social work knowledge and values in practice. It draws on ethnographic research in a child‐care team in the UK which set out to explore the construction of clients as gendered. It is argued that social workers' accounts of practice reveal tensions between an emphasis on clients as individuals and an emphasis on social collectivity. These tensions could be seen as inherent in social work knowledge and values. There are various implications of these tensions between the individual and the social, but there is a particular focus in the paper on the implications for questions of gender. It concludes with some ideas for a theory for practice that would better equip social workers for the complex task of negotiating the gender tensions raised in the paper.

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Subjects: Social Work

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