Constructing Men in Child Protection Work


Date of publication:  14 Aug 2001 Authors:  Jonathan Scourfield Publisher:  SAGE Publications Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

This article presents an analysis of data from an ethnographic study in a child and family social work team in the United Kingdom, which set out to explore this concentration on mothering and avoidance of men. The article outlines some discourses of masculinity in the occupational culture of child protection social work: men as a threat, men as no use, men as irrelevant, men as absent, men as no different from women, and men as better than women. The author's contention is that if injustice to women in social work provision is to be addressed, these gendered constructions of clients have to be made explicit and their implications understood.

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