Rethinking Professional Practice: The contributions of Social Constructionism and the Feminist 'Ethics of Care'

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Drawing upon social constructionist and postmodern perspectives, together with recent feminist debates about 'the ethics of care', this paper reflects upon the productive ways in which contemporary social work can be thought about, organized and practised professionally. It argues that an emphasis on: process; plurality of both knowledge and voice; possibility; and the relational quality of knowledge are key elements in taking these issues forward. In contrast to the traditions of abstract and instrumental reasoning where the pursuit of knowledge is intertwined with the pursuit of control, the importance of sensory knowledge, symbolized by the unity of hand, head and heart is underlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


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