First published in 1997, this volume constitutes a critical analysis of the contradictory portrayal of social workers. Christopher Hall sets the task of exploring how social workers make their work visible and justifiable through their talk and writing. He examines the language, explanation and analysis they use to explain their actions and assessments set within an atmosphere of criticism and controversy, given that they often seem unable to protect themselves due to uncertainty in their mandate and their often invisible trade. Hall’s study offers opportunities for key questions relating to social work, professionals and the handling of controversy, and to render social work documents more understandable through approaching them as narratives with readership.
1. An Alternative Approach to Social Work: Accounts, Texts and Narrative. 2. Narrative as Performance. 3. Social Work Texts as Stories with Readers. 4. Handling Blame and Constructing Moral Character. 5. Explaining the ‘Facts’ and Claiming Entitlement. 6. Retellings: Following the Social Work Story. 7. Reported Speech: Hearing the Words of the Client. 8. Depicting Character: Reading Adequate Representations of the Client.
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