Embodied social work practice within risk society

Smeeton, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9177-2625 and O'Connor, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-6877-2603, 2020. Embodied social work practice within risk society. Journal of Social Work, 20 (5), pp. 673-691. ISSN 1468-0173

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This paper critically discusses the limitations of theorising social work from psychological and sociological perspectives and argues that phenomenology offers more opportunity to understand the embodied experiences of service users and social workers themselves. The paper argues that psychology and sociology have a limited analysis of being-in-the-world, which ought to be social work’s primary consideration. The paper offers an overview of the sociology of risk before embarking on an extensive description and discussion of Heidegger’s and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology applied to the lived experience of child protection social workers working within risk society. The argument is put that phenomenology is a useful tool for understanding the lived experience of social work practitioners.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Social Work
Creators: Smeeton, J. and O'Connor, P.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 September 2020
Volume: 20
Number: 5
ISSN: 1468-0173
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Jul 2019 08:12
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 15:11
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37045

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