First published in 1999, Jokinen , Juhila and Poso comprises both theoretical/reflexive articles and articles based on empirical social constructionist studies. It provokes new ways of looking at social work practices as interpretative and interactive processes. In addition to this theoretical and methodological contribution, the volume provides empirically based material on the practical implications of an alliance between social work and social constructionism.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Constructionist Perspectives on Social Work Practices, Arja Jokinen, Kirsi Juhila and Tarja Poso. 2. Social Construction in Social Work and Social Action, Malcolm Payne. 3. Using Narratives in Social Work Interaction, Elisabet Cedersund. 4. Examining the Artfulness of ‘ Risk Talk’, Susan White. 5. Doing ‘Delicacy’ in Institutions of Helping: A Case of Probation Office Interaction, Eero Suonien. 6. Speaking of Emotions in Child Protection Practices, Hannele Forsberg. 7. Masculinity Discourse in Work with Offenders, Sally Holland and Jonathan B Scourfield. 8. The ‘Social Construction of Child Maltreatment’: Some Political, Research and Practice Implications, Nigel Parton. 9. Constructing Child Welfare Practice in Ontario, Canada, Evelyn Khoo. 10. Constructing Juvenile Delinquency: The Socio-Legal Control of Young Offenders in Israel, 1920-1975, Mimi Ajzenstadt. 11. Financial Counselling at Norwegian Social Offices: Lessons for Constructing Social Work Practice, Michael Seltzer and Svein Alve. 12. A Model for Constructivist Social Work : The Product for a Clinician-Research Dialogue, Jaclyn Miller and Mary Katherine O’Connor. 13. Speaking Up and Speaking Out: A Dialogic Approach to Anti-Oppressive Practice, Danielle Turney. 14. Negotiating Constructions: Rebridging Social Work Research and Practice in the Context of Probation Work, Kirsi Juhila and Tarja Poso
’An introduction to the ways in which social relationships contribute to the creation of knowledge and how this complex of ideas is used in social action and social work...challenging collection of papers.’ British Journal of Social Work