parents, children and powerrelations
The idea that all interactions, including abusive ones, are culturally and
historically situated is a key theme in this book. This chapter focuses
specifically on this issue by exploring the ways that power is organised
through particular social structures and is complicit in how parent
abuse is practised, experienced and responded to. The chapter begins
by discussing how notions of ‘parenthood’, including ideas about its
emotional terrain, are currently constructed in Euro-American cultures.
advance social inclusion and social justice in and through social work research. In this chapter, we draw on our experience with arts-based research projects to contemplate this potential and to contribute to a critical dialogue regarding the impact of arts-based research on powerrelations and structures in social work academia and practice. We start by briefly introducing our research collective, explaining our rationale for working with arts-based methods, and describing two projects in which visual arts were used. We continue this chapter by elaborating on the
and children involved in the research. Hence, we drive to a conclusion offering some recommendations to policymakers and research institutions that can also support and inspire researchers to remain on an ethical track while conducting research with children and young people.
The three adult–child powerrelations
This chapter is structured according to main themes in Eija Sevón’s (2015) research on powerrelations between adults and young children. Sevón clearly distinguishes three different kinds of adult–child powerrelations:
1. The power of
adds nuance to applications of drones in conservation, allowing us to grasp, on the one hand, how technologies like drones can reproduce and even deepen existing power inequalities. On the other hand, the same conceptual tools help us appreciate how drones can also upend these same relations; for instance, by empowering communities marginalised by conservation to have a stronger voice or to be better heard. Political ecology, in other words, offers to deepen appreciation of the ways powerrelations thread through all manner of everyday conservation practices
the council silos but, boy did we create our own’ (Fordham, 2010 , p 60). Although 61 per cent of community participants said they had a positive experience of being involved, 29 per cent said they felt out of their depth (Batty et al, 2010).
45° Change: remaking powerrelations
It has been argued that managerialist approaches to community empowerment actually leave people even more disempowered because they ‘often have the effect of reinforcing the power base of the controlling institutions with only marginal gains at a local level’ (Bailey and Pill
– dilemmas and problems
A common theme of debate revolves around power, questioning if service-user involvement in education really changes existing powerrelations within the field of social work ( Rae, 2012 ) or rather risks preserving and reproducing these relations.
McLaughlin (2009b) questions the reductionism inherent to the term ‘service user’. The reduction of human identity to one single relation marks a lower status in a hierarchical society. McLaughlin furthermore questions the inherent neglecting of people who do not even have access to or use the service
Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book is about the opportunities and challenges involved in mainstreaming knowledge about children in international development policy and practice. It focuses on the ideas, networks and institutions that shape the development of evidence about child poverty and wellbeing, and the use of such evidence in development policy debates. It also pays particular attention to the importance of power relations in influencing the extent to which children’s voices are heard and acted upon by international development actors. The book weaves together theory, mixed method approaches and case studies spanning a number of policy sectors and diverse developing country contexts in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It therefore provides a useful introduction for students and development professionals who are new to debates on children, knowledge and development, whilst at the same time offering scholars in the field new methodological and empirical insights.
In this seminal book, Krumer-Nevo introduces the Poverty-Aware Paradigm: a radical new framework for social workers and professionals working with and for people in poverty.
The author defines the core components of the Poverty-Aware Paradigm, explicates its embeddedness in key theories in poverty, critical social work and psychoanalysis, and links it to diverse facets of social work practice.
Providing a revolutionary new way to think about how social work can address poverty, she draws on the extensive application of the paradigm by social workers in Israel and across diverse poverty contexts to provide evidence for the practical advantages of integrating the Poverty-Aware Paradigm into social work practices across the globe.
This book uses an international perspective and draws on a wide range of new conceptual and empirical material to examine the sources of conflict and cooperation within the different landscapes of knowledge that are driving contemporary urban change. Based on the premise that historically established systems of regulation and control are being subject to unprecedented pressures, scholars critically reflect on the changing role of planning and governance in sustainable urban development, looking at how a shift in power relations between expert and local cultures in western planning processes has blurred the traditional boundaries between public, private and voluntary sectors.
Over the last few decades, public opinion has been traumatised by revelations of child abuse on a mass scale. It has become the major human rights story of the 21st century in Western society.
This ground-breaking book explores the relationship between the media, child abuse and shifting adult–child power relations which, in Western countries, has spawned an ever-expanding range of laws, policies and procedures introduced to address the ‘explosion’ of interest in the issue of child abuse.
Allegations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Ireland – and its ‘cover-up’ by Church authorities – have given rise to one of the greatest institutional scandals of modern history. Through in-depth analysis of 20 years of media representation of the issue, the book draws significant insights on the media’s influence and its impact on civil society.
Highly topical and of interest and relevance to lecturers and researchers in the areas of childhood studies, sociology of childhood, child protection and social work, social and public policy and human rights, as well as policymakers, this book provides an important contribution to the international debate about child abuse as reflected to the public through the power of the media.