Child welfare: ways of seeing

Harry Hendrick

in Child welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344779
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301721 | DOI:
Child welfare: ways of seeing

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This chapter takes a look at the three guiding dualisms that are used to provide a guide that would help in navigating a way through social policy, while searching for various practices, attitudes, goals, and perceptions of children and of childhood. The discussion considers children as people, and childhood is viewed as a structural form. The first sections in the chapter are concerned with the narrative of bodies or minds. The next section provides a discussion of the narrative of victims or threats, before finally focusing on the relationship shared between bodies/minds and victims/threats. It looks at the concepts of normal and abnormal, and states that the three dualisms that are presented here serve as ordering categories for the organisation and justification of child welfare.

Keywords: guiding dualisms; social policy; children; childhood; narrative; bodies; minds; victims; threats; child welfare

Chapter.  8500 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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