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A Genealogy of Equality : The Curriculum for Social Work Education and Training - Hilary Walker

A Genealogy of Equality

The Curriculum for Social Work Education and Training

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2002
ISBN: 9780713002294
Number Of Pages: 167

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This volume explores previously under-examined issues: the changes in the curriculum content of social work courses in higher education; why these changes were perceived as necessary; and the significance of these changes. The book focuses specifically on the controversial requirements relating to matters of equality, and the unavoidable questions that spring from these. For example, how should equality be defined? which areas - "race", ethnicity, sexuality, gender or class - have been considered the most important? what is the role of social work in dealing with inequality? These issues are not just of theoetical interest: they affect the daily practice of social workers and the lives of their clients. Yet, politicians and the media have been quick to create a dichotomy between "academic" theory and "common-sense" practice that significantly impacted on the changes in the social work curriculum. The author brings an understanding and appreciation to the complex shifts in what is considered significant for social workers to "know" and to "practise". She makes a strong case for an appreciation of the discursive context within which policy changes are proposed and implemented, and the importance of awareness of one's own positionality when exploring social issues and putting forward potential solutions.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Context: Social Work Education and Trainingp. 2
Context: Equality and Social Workp. 3
Social Work Education and Trainingp. 4
Inequality and Social Workp. 7
A Different Story?p. 10
The Structure of the Bookp. 12
A Theoretical Frameworkp. 17
Foucault: Discourse and Genealogyp. 18
Foucault: Criticisms and Developmentsp. 21
Discourse and Practicesp. 23
Discourse and Agencyp. 25
Using Foucault's Conceptsp. 27
Deconstruction and Reading Textsp. 29
Criticisms of Deconstructionp. 32
Using Deconstructive Approachesp. 33
Carrying Out the Studyp. 39
The Use of Documents in Researchp. 39
Documentary Analysis in Researchp. 42
Semi-structured Interviewsp. 45
The Choice of Intervieweesp. 46
The Use of Interviews in Discourse Researchp. 47
The Researcher and the Researchedp. 48
Conducting the Interviewsp. 51
Ethical Issuesp. 53
Setting Up the Research Projectp. 54
A Genealogy of Equality: Part 1--From Radical Beginnings to Anti-racismp. 61
A Discourse of Equality in Social Workp. 64
Beginnings and Emergent Resistant Discoursesp. 64
Race Relations and Ethnic Minoritiesp. 67
Towards Anti-racism and Black Perspectivesp. 68
Changes within CCETSWp. 72
Interim Regulationsp. 74
The Emerging Discourse of Competencep. 77
A Genealogy of Equality: Part 2--Anti-racism--Developing Dominancep. 81
Requirements and Regulations for the Diploma in Social Work: Paper 30: First Editionp. 81
DipSW: Rules and Requirements for the Diploma in Social Work: Paper 30: Second Editionp. 86
The Developing 'Truth' about Race and Social Workp. 87
The Case of Women's Inequalityp. 89
Commentaryp. 92
Summaryp. 94
A Genealogy of Equality: Part 3--Common Sense and Equalityp. 97
A Discourse of Common Sensep. 97
Summary and Commentaryp. 103
The Review of the Diploma in Social Workp. 105
Assuring Quality: Rules and Requirements for the DipSWp. 107
Summaryp. 111
A Genealogy of Equality: Part 4--Competencep. 115
The Discourse of Competencep. 115
Competence versus Incompetencep. 116
'Theory'/'Knowledge' versus 'Practice'p. 118
A Holistic Approach to Competencep. 119
Subjectivity, Self-surveillance and Performativityp. 120
Summaryp. 122
In Conclusionp. 125
Positionality and Researchp. 125
The Topic: Equality and the Curriculum for Social Work Education and Trainingp. 128
The Methodologyp. 130
Areas for Further Explorationp. 132
Looking Aheadp. 134
Appendices
Statement on Anti-racismp. 137
CCETSW's Equal Opportunities Policyp. 138
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780713002294
ISBN-10: 0713002298
Series: Woburn Education Series,
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 1st October 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1