Journal Article

Irish Social Workers in Britain and the Politics of (Mis) Recognition

Paul Michael Garrett

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 8, pages 1357-1376
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Irish Social Workers in Britain and the Politics of (Mis) Recognition

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The article focuses on the perceptions of Irish social workers working in ‘children and families’ settings in Britain. These respondents cannot be seen as representative of all Irish social workers in Britain, yet they do provide insights into five significant themes: the approach to ‘race’ and ethnicity in social work education; Irish identities in Britain; racism and stereotyping; children and families who are Irish Travellers; and an agenda for the future. The discussion considers some of the issues raised in the context of what has been referred to as the ‘politics of recognition’.

Keywords: Irish in Britain; vulnerability; ‘race’; complexity of Irish identities; stereotypes

Journal Article.  9521 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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