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dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Tony*
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Jason*
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-15T14:33:07Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-15T14:33:07Zen
dc.date.issued2010-01-08en
dc.identifier.citationGilbert, T., & Powell, J. (2010). Power and social work in the United Kingdom. Journal of Social Work, 10(1), 3-22.en
dc.identifier.issn1468-0173en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468017309347237en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/613209en
dc.description.abstractThis article explores relations of power in social work using insights drawn from the critical ‘toolkit’ emanating from work of French philosopher, Michel Foucault. The article discusses the relationship between Foucault’s conceptual tools of ‘knowledge and power’, the emergence of ‘the modern subject’ and the concept of ‘governmentality’. Despite ongoing pressures, professional expertise persists as a core element of neo-liberal government in the management of the population. We use a Foucauldian perspective to explore two issues central to contemporary practice: surveillance and discretion that epitomise dualism of power relations. On the one hand, surveillance brings with it a potentially problematic process especially in context of top down managerial power; yet, on the other hand, discretion is much more focused on what Foucault (1977) calls ‘the microphysics of power’ with opportunities for ‘resistance’ from the bottom up.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jsw.sagepub.com/content/10/1/3.abstracten
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectInformation technologyen
dc.titlePower and Social Work in the United Kingdomen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1741-296Xen
dc.contributor.departmentPlymouth University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Social Worken
dc.date.accepted2009-09-09en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden
rioxxterms.versionNAen
html.description.abstractThis article explores relations of power in social work using insights drawn from the critical ‘toolkit’ emanating from work of French philosopher, Michel Foucault. The article discusses the relationship between Foucault’s conceptual tools of ‘knowledge and power’, the emergence of ‘the modern subject’ and the concept of ‘governmentality’. Despite ongoing pressures, professional expertise persists as a core element of neo-liberal government in the management of the population. We use a Foucauldian perspective to explore two issues central to contemporary practice: surveillance and discretion that epitomise dualism of power relations. On the one hand, surveillance brings with it a potentially problematic process especially in context of top down managerial power; yet, on the other hand, discretion is much more focused on what Foucault (1977) calls ‘the microphysics of power’ with opportunities for ‘resistance’ from the bottom up.


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