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Journal
2007 | 17 | 1 | 78-94
Article title

SOCIAL THEORY, PERFORMATIVITY AND PROFESSIONAL POWER - A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF HELPING PROFESSIONS IN ENGLAND

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Abstracts
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Drawing from interviews and ethnographic research, evidence is provided to suggest a sense of 'anxiety' and 'regret' amongst state social workers and case managers working on the 'front-line' within local authority social service departments. There have been a number of theoretical approaches that have attempted to ground the concept of 'power' to understand organizational practice though Foucauldian insights have been most captivating in illuminating power relations and subject positioning. In order to theoretically interrogate the relationship between social theory and professional power, the authors draw from the neo-Foucauldian work of American Social Philosopher Judith Butler - especially regarding Butler's (1990, 1993 and 1998) powerful work on 'performativity' and its relationship to social work. They also attempt to examine the 'distances' between the social work role and social workers narratives through an examination of notions of 'anxiety' and 'regret' in the face of the professionalisation of state social work.
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  • Jason L. Powell, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA, UK
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CEJSH db identifier
10SKAAAA07585
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.4168a8ed-9e78-34af-84f6-6996bb050e96
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