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Working the system: re-thinking the role of parents and the reduction of 'risk' in child protection work

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Debra J
dc.date.accessioned 2005-08-16T18:50:42Z
dc.date.available 2005-08-16T18:50:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2004
dc.date.issued 2005-08-16T18:50:42Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/35
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines how the British Columbia child protection system permeates the lives of the mothers it investigates. Dorothy Smith’s generous notion of work (1986) and Arlie Hochschild’s emotion work (1983) were combined to explicate the unpaid labour mothers contribute to the child protection process. Smith’s textually mediated relations of ruling (1987) revealed how a contracted child protection agency uses various texts to organize these women’s everyday activities. These texts are linked to others in work locations representing the institutional priorities of government and professional bodies, which uphold societal expectations of mothering. Ten interviews and a focus group with mothers revealed the ‘core competencies’ necessary to successfully navigate the child protection system. Mothers also identified risks inherent in the system with the potential to negatively impact their children, themselves and their family’s resiliency. Interviewing an experienced child protection counselor informed a textual analysis of the requisite paperwork within contracted agencies. en
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dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject mothers en
dc.subject child welfare en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject government policy en
dc.title Working the system: re-thinking the role of parents and the reduction of 'risk' in child protection work en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Warburton, Rennie
dc.degree.department Dept. of Sociology en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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