The emotional politics of social work and child protection

The emotional politics of social work and child protection

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For several decades, social work and child protection systems have been subject to accelerating cycles of crisis and reform, with each crisis involving intense media and political scrutiny. In understanding the nature and causes of this cycle, little attention has been paid to the importance of collective emotions. Using a range of cases from the UK, and also considering cases from the Netherlands, the US and New Zealand, this book introduces the concept of emotional politics. It shows how collective emotions, such as anger, shame, fear and disgust, are central to constructions of risk and blame, and are generated and reflected by official documents, politicians and the media. The book considers strategies for challenging these a€˜emotional politicsa€™, including identifying models for a more politically engaged stance for the social work profession.As the a#39;politicsa€“mediaa€“politicsa#39; cycle unfolded from the start of the news story in November2008, certain framing andfeeling ... The rules about who should bethe propertarget for anger andblame overthedeath of children hardened, with socialanbsp;...

Title:The emotional politics of social work and child protection
Author:Joanne Warner
Publisher:Policy Press - 2015-01-12


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