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  • Social Work in the Republic of Ireland: A History of the Present

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    Journal of Social Work, Vol: 3, Page: 141-159,Sage Publications

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    Aims & Objectives:

    This article discusses on research carried out into the nature and position of social work in the child protection and welfare system in Ireland


    This article reports on research carried out into the nature and position of social work in the child protection and welfare system in Ireland. Employing a methodology of a history of the present, this research sought to critically examine the nature and position of social work within the social as a 'psy expert'. Selected findings relating to the genealogical and archaeological construction of social work discourse in Ireland are provided to illuminate how its particular historical pathways both enabled and constrained its development. It was found that, to some extent, conceptualizations of social work in the context of its space within the social were applicable to the Irish context. Although some of the findings relate directly to the particular spatial context of Ireland, others are transferable to the UK and international contexts. The research asserts that, while social work represents a diffuse and complex activity, enabled and constrained by its genealogical context, the potential exists in the profession for greater attention to be paid to its archaeological construction. In light of contemporary neo-liberal conditions of governance, the need for such attention is emphasized. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Caroline Skehill

    Study Type:

    Non Study Papers » Discussion paper, review, commentary, letter »


    1468-0173 1741-296X Accession Number: 2003-08384-001. First Author & Affiliation: Skehill, Caroline; School of Social Work, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other Journal Title: Journal of Social Work. Release Date: 20040726. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Child Welfare; Social Casework. Classification: Community & Social Services (3373) . Population: Human (10) . Location: Ireland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) . References Available: Y.



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