Journal Article

Is Social Work a ‘Non-Traditional’ Occupation for Men?


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 4, pages 491-510
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Is Social Work a ‘Non-Traditional’ Occupation for Men?

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The European Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission have called for the increased employment of men in occupations, such as social work, where men are numerically under-represented. In Britain, men's employment in social work is contentious but, as yet, little discussed. This article draws on Williams' (1993, 1995) concept of ‘non-traditional occupations for men’ to explore the positions of men in social work. It focuses in particular on continuities and dissonances between dominant constructions of men's gender and professional social work identities. These are discussed in relation to particular areas of practice and an agenda for further investigation is considered.

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Subjects: Social Work

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