179 FOURTEEN People with intellectual disabilities (visually) reimagine care Ann Fudge Schormans Introduction Care is typically understood as both a value and a practice. The practice of care – who is cared for, how and by whom – typically reflects societal values and the (de)valuation of particular groups of people. As a practice, care ‘invokes different experiences, different meanings, different contexts and multiple relations of power, of which a political argument around care needs to take account’ (Williams, 2001, p 468). Highlighting the perspective
159 Critical and Radical Social Work • vol 2 • no 2 • 159–74 • © Policy Press 2014 • #CRSW Print ISSN 2049 8608 • Online ISSN 2049 8675 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204986014X13986987417481 article Out of the shadows: disability movements Roddy Slorach,1 UK email@example.com Britain’s disability movement can be divided into two distinct phases. The first, reaching a peak in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, was seen by its leading activists as a civil rights movement, whereas the second has been a response to the recent and ongoing government spending cuts. The
229 SIXTEEN Ethical dilemmas in caring for people with complex disabilities Keith Andrews Summary Complex disabilities, usually of a neurological cause, result in a combination of physical, cognitive and behavioural disorders. The disabilities not only affect the individual but also the family and to some extent society. The impact of these disabilities creates a range of ethical dilemmas in the areas of confidentiality; decision making for those who lack mental capacity; advance statements; decisions about withholding or withdrawing treatment; and involvement of
165 THIRTEEN Reciprocity and mutuality: people with learning disabilities as carers Nicki Ward Introduction In the introduction to this collection we posed the question ‘why now?’ in relation to the salience of exploring and developing the feminist ethic of care. This chapter, while focused on carers who have a learning disability, is in many ways representative of wider demographic and policy shifts that have marked the delivery of social care in Western society since the 1980s. Improved healthcare means that families are living longer and are ageing
Over the last 20 years there has been a flourishing of work on feminist care ethics. This collection makes a unique contribution to this body of work. The international contributors demonstrate the significance of care ethics as a transformative way of thinking across diverse geographical, policy and interpersonal contexts. From Tronto’s analysis of global responsibilities, to Fudge Schormans’ re-imagining of care from the perspective of people with learning disabilities, chapters highlight the necessity of thinking about the ethics of care to achieve justice and well-being within policies and practice. This book will be essential reading for all those seeking such outcomes.
While ethics has been addressed in the health care literature, relatively little attention has been paid to the subject in the field of social care. This book redresses the balance by examining theory, research, policy and practice in both fields.
The analysis is set within the context of contemporary challenges facing health and social care, not only in Britain but internationally. Contributors from the UK, US and Australia consider ethical issues in health and social care research and governance; interprofessional and user perspectives; ethics in relation to human rights, the law, finance, management and provision; key issues of relevance to vulnerable groups such as children and young people, those with complex disabilities, older people and those with mental health problems and lifecourse issues - ethical perspectives on a range of challenging areas from new technologies of reproduction to euthanasia.
This book is intended for academics, students and researchers in health and social care who need an up-to-date analysis of contemporary issues and debates. It will also be useful to practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including social workers, community workers, those working in the fields of disability and mental health and with older people.
This book offers a unique focus on the everyday ethics of community development practice in the context of local and global struggles for equity and social justice.
Contributors from around the world (from India to the Netherlands and USA) grapple with ethical dilemmas and tensions, including how to: respect and learn from Indigenous values and philosophies; challenge environmental destruction; gain consent in divided communities; maintain or breach professional boundaries; and develop new paradigms for transformative community organising, sustainable development and ethically-sensitive practice.
Offering theoretical frameworks, philosophical perspectives and practical case examples (from sex worker collectives to tree action groups and Australian Indigenous communities) this book is essential reading for community-based practitioners, students and academics.
What are the implications of caring about the things we research? How does that affect how we research, who we research with and what we do with our results? Proposing what Tronto has called a ‘paradigm shift’ in research thinking, this book invites researchers across disciplines and fields of study to do research that thinks and acts with care.
The authors draw on their own and others’ experiences of researching, the troubles they encounter and the opportunities generated when research is approached as a caring practice. Care ethics provides a guide from starting out, designing and conducting projects, to thinking about research legacies. It offers a way in which research can help repair harms and promote justice.
European and North American notions of helping - or managing - poor and marginalised people have deep roots in religious texts and traditions which continue to influence contemporary social policy and social work practice in ways which many do not realise.
Bringing together interdisciplinary scholarship, Mark Henrickson argues that it is essential to understand and critique social work’s origins in order to work out what to retain and what must change if we are to achieve the vision of a truly global profession.
Addressing current debates in international social work about social justice, professionalisation, and the legacy of colonisation, this thought-provoking book will allow practitioners and scholars to consider and create a global future for social work.
Many policy analysts – and citizens interested in public issues – believe that rigorous thought should be uncontaminated by values, which are merely subjective. Policy analysis, however, is about what is worth doing and therefore inherently values based.
This accessible book reveals the damage that this contradiction inflicts on policy analysis and society. It also demonstrates the real-world failings of various influential alternatives to the ‘value-free’ ideal. By showing that values are amenable to critical analysis, this book provides a solid foundation for a comprehensive approach that reimagines the scope and role of policy analysis in contemporary society.