The Desk as a Barrier and Carrier in Social Work

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This chapter explores the desk as a material object as well as its sym- bolic representations in social work from a professional perspective. As we will demonstrate, different and sometimes incompatible meanings and functions associated with the desk reflect current tensions and profession- al dilemmas: On the one hand, ever since the emergence of the social work profession, the desk has symbolized a distanced and uncommitted social worker, even representing asymmetric power relations.2 On the other hand, recent endeavors at professionalization, evidence-based practices, and ac- countable welfare work have resulted, to some degree unintentionally, in an administrative turn and a strengthening of the bureaucratic understand- ing of the mission.3 Social workers, often described as semi-professionals striving for higher status, face trade-offs between traditional ideals of being committed and working close to the community, and administrative work in the office.
Titel på värdpublikationDESKBOUND CULTURES
Undertitel på värdpublikationMedia and Materialities at Work
RedaktörerJohan Jarlbrink, Charlie Järpvall
FörlagMediehistoriskt arkiv
Antal sidor162
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-91-985800-9-9
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-985800-8-2
StatusPublished - 2022 juni 15

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Socialt arbete
  • Medievetenskap

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