Journal Article

Rethinking <i>Professional</i> Practice: The contributions of Social Constructionism and the Feminist ‘Ethics of Care’

Nigel Parton

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 33, issue 1, pages 1-16
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/33.1.1
Rethinking Professional Practice: The contributions of Social Constructionism and the Feminist ‘Ethics of Care’

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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.

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Subjects: Social Work

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