This book explores the relationship between 'race', gender and policy to develop an important and original argument about social welfare and racial formation in the late twentieth century.
The book presents a layered and finely textured analysis of the issue of 'ethnic minority' women in professional social work in Britain. The analysis contextualizes their entry in terms of an understanding of the developing relationship between racial formation and its expression in local and central policy and policy-making. In the process, the author builds upon and greatly extends the current analyses of social policy and 'race' and gender. Using a skilful mix of theory, empirical research and interviews, the book explores the complexities of the racialized and gendered world of the social services department. The result is an important contribution to the literature that draws on feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and social constructionist perspectives to develop an argument about processes of racial formation.
'Race', Gender, Social Welfare will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners in the fields of social welfare, social work, ethnic and women's studies and discourse analysis.
'Lewis's demanding pace and unapologetic emphasis on the value of
ideas, theory and analysis make this a challenging read in a
positive sense.' International Social Work
'This post-structuralist analysis permits and requires a close
engagement with the shifting complexities of everyday experience
and connections with overarching structures of power, politics and
professions ... the analysis of parliamentary debates is
well-handled, tackling this well-worn ground with fresh insight ...
Lewis's book provides a rigorous and invigorating analysis which
demands that black and Asian women's voices be heard in debates
over the provision of welfare.' Ethic and Racial
'Gail Lewis's excellent contribution to this field indicates
just what we have been missing. Lewis's analysis of racial
formation in social welfare policy and practice provides a textured
and thoughtful analysis with important implications' American
Journal of Sociology
'Those aiming to shift social work in anti-racist (and
anti-sexist) directions have been provided with a solid text
addressing issues basic to their tasks ... Lewis provides a richly
layered analysis of the complex relations between social policy,
social work, 'race' and gender in Britain.' European Journal of
'Gail Lewis has produced an impressive study, (she) raises
important questions about the way we think about the social, about
work and about the influence that social policies have on our
lives.' Feminist Theory
List of Abbreviations.
PART I. GOVERNING RACIAL FORMATION.
1. Configuring the Terrain: Governmentality, Racialized
Population and Social Work.
2. Now You See It, Now You Don?t: ?Race?,
Social Policy and the Blind Eye of Central Government.
3. Sites of Condensation: Social Services and Racial Formation
at the Local Level.
4. ?The Call of the Wild?: Contestatory Professional
Discourses on ?Race? and Ethnicity.
PART II. COMPLEX ACTS OF BECOMING: WORKING ?RACE?
5. ?Evidence of Things Not Seen?: The Complexities
of the ?Everyday? for Black Women Social Workers.
6. Categories of Exclusion: ?Race? and Gender in the
7. Situated Voice: ?Black Women?s Experience?
and Social Work.