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Social Work & Social Sciences Review
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ISSN (Print) 0953-5225 - ISSN (Online) 1746-6105
Published by Whiting and Birch Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Editorial: Autoethnography in Social Work

    • Authors: Jerome Carson, Robert Hurst
      First page: 3
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2082
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • Why Autoethnography'

    • Authors: Authur P Bochner, Carolyn Ellis
      Pages: 8 - 18
      Abstract: Autoethnography addresses the need and desire to make the human sciences more human by writing in ways that are more poignant, touching, vulnerable, and heartfelt. Since social work is a field not only of facts but also of meanings and values, researchers should not be obliged to cling to a narrow range of methodologies and writing genres that may be scientifically acceptable but poorly suited to the broad objectives of the field. Concerned more with evocation than information, autoethnography enables researchers and practitioners to address what it feels like, and what it can mean, to be alive and living in a chaotic and uncertain world, and to show others how they might endure it and move forward. As we developed evocative autoethnography, we not only questioned the boundaries between social sciences and humanities, we tried to stretch and cross them in ways that would create new practitioners and new genres for representing lived experience appealing to the hearts and senses of readers as well as their intellects.
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2027
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • Autoethnography and social work: Strange bedfellows or complementary

    • Authors: Stanley Witkin
      First page: 19
      Abstract: Abstract: Despite autoethnography’s congruence with social work’s values and aims, such as its focus on social justice and marginalized lives, there has been a dearth of publications using autoethnography in social work journals and books. Possible reasons for this situation include the dominance of conventional research, institutional barriers, and the challenges of conducting an autoethnographic study such as writing in a more reflexive, literary, and narrative style. I describe the strengths of autoethnography in relation to social work research, practice, and education, using examples from my early experiences with autoethnography and my later use of autoethnography as an approach to educational enrichment. Although autoethnography has much to offer social work and should assume a more prominent position as an approach to inquiry and professional development, I question whether this will occur without changes to current academic, institutional, and philosophical views. Nevertheless, focusing attention on autoethnography as in this special issue seems like a promising development.
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2030
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • The social worker as the Good Samaritan

    • Authors: Mats Niklasson, Ulrika Hansson Blomkvist
      Pages: 36 - 52
      Abstract: Professionally a social worker has to pay attention to both the society’s values and to a client’s personal values. However, a social worker’s personal values are not the least of importance and can’t be ignored. Where could a sharp line be drawn between professional and private values and acting' The problem of decision-making has been pondered over since ancient times when Socrates contended that ‘everyone desires the good.’ Could it then be that for some the profession becomes a calling' This paper uses a collaborative autoethnographic approach with the narrative told by the first author, a female Swedish social worker. The story is about her meeting with a male drug addict living on the streets of London and about the decision she made. As it turned out, her decision would have consequences far beyond her and his imagination. The Introduction was written by the second author in order to provide the scientific framework embedding the first author’s story. Finally, the Discussion was written mutually as an interview
      PubDate: 2022-12-13
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2091
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • Tensions in managing the online network development of autoethnographers

    • Authors: Alec Grant, Jamie Barnes, Trude Klevan, Ali Donaldson
      Pages: 53 - 71
      Abstract: Although literature exists on the methodological development of autoethnographers in the classroom context, little has been written about achieving such development in online networks of dispersed individuals, and the social psychological difficulties between senior members of such networks that might ensue. This conversational autoethnography developed after Alec Grant, the first author, angrily withdrew by email from the South Coast Autoethnography Network (SCAN). Since its inception in 2013, the hub, or centre of operating activity of SCAN has historically been mostly shared between a small number of academics working in, or associated with, Sussex University and the University of Brighton in the south coast of England. With around 65 participants, SCAN aims to facilitate the development of autoethnographers, with many of its members inexperienced in the approach to differing degrees. In their conversational exchange, the authors explore, respond to, and try to make sense of and resolve, the tensions that developed in the group before and after Alec’s withdrawal from it. The authors believe that this article captures many of the interpersonal difficulties that might inevitably arise between senior members, in autoethnographic networks internationally. They therefore hope that it will serve as a useful resource for individual readers and network groups.
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2083
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • A social work career in mental health

    • Authors: Nick Hervey
      First page: 72
      Abstract: This piece is intended to show how with a commitment to continuous professional development, changing trends and practices in a profession can be reflected in the work of an individual practitioner, and in turn the study of individual careers can provide a wider understanding of the way change has been interpreted and implemented. A single career will see many structural changes of direction and emphasis, and if a practitioner is staying abreast of the twists and turns in policy, these should be reflected in their practice. This can become even more apparent when an individual, with promotion, moves through positions with differing levels of responsibility, and therefore engages with policy change from different perspectives. The article highlights a number of good practices encountered in promoting better services for mental health service users, and how an individual can be an agent for improving the implementation of policy.
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2084
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • Collaborative autoethnography and social work

    • Authors: Val Gant
      Pages: 82 - 102
      Abstract: Like autoethnography, (AE), collaborative autoethnography (CAE) results in highly personalised narrative accounts of the researcher’s engagement with specific sociocultural contexts. CAE adds a collective interpretation to that engagement. While CAE has thus far been little used in social work practice and education, it is an emerging methodological approach that offers new and different insights and opportunities. This paper discusses CAE and its relationship with social work practice and education. In it I discuss how CAE allows for a collective exploration of an individual experience and how these explorations, and the process of obtaining them, have many benefits for social work practitioners and social work students alike. The similarities between CAE and social work are highlighted, by focussing on some of the very core skills and values that lie at the heart of social work, such as listening, collaborating and showing empathy, CAE would seem a natural progression for inquiry within social work. This contribution to the special issue has implications for both social work practice and social work education.
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2085
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
  • Victim–Survivor–Warrior–Healer: An autoethnographic account of a
           male childhood sexual violence survivor’s activist journey

    • Authors: Robert Balfour
      Pages: 103 - 125
      Abstract: It has been argued that stories inform our perceptions of reality and social change is driven by stories (Sarbin, 1986; Bochner, 2012; Frank, 2011/2013). Sexual violence is a complex cultural challenge for societies (Rape Crisis, 2020). Individual survivor identity is formed in that complexity and personal posttraumatic growth (PTG) can be forged in such challenges (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004). Activism is one way the survivor can help forge social change both for themselves and the ‘community of interest’ they belong to (Raskovic, 2020; Herman, 1992). This article uses autoethnography to explore one male survivor’s story of childhood sexual violence and his 22-year journey of activism. It adopts a novel approach weaving metaphors taken from episodes of the long-running British television series Doctor Who. It attempts to link social action to PTG in its reflections on meaning and redemption beyond shame via activism and lived experience witnessing (Bruner, 2002). The power of lived experience can powerfully bring the ‘unspeakable’ to society’s conscious awareness (Herman, 1992; Balfour, 2013). By sharing the raw reality of victim blaming when challenging the status quo. The reality of political and professional agents’ resistance to change is evidenced. It uses psychological and other theories, aiming to weave them through the story and illuminate one activist’s journey. Its limitation is its just one story, However, within that lies an authentic strength. It does not claim to be objective. Instead, it knits both the subjective and objective together to allow you to experience something as old as humans, a real story told in a new form (Gottschall, 2012).
      PubDate: 2022-12-12
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i2.2086
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 2 (2022)
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