History of the Present of Child Protection and Welfare Social Work in Ireland (Irish Studies No.12)

History of the Present of Child Protection and Welfare Social Work in Ireland (Irish Studies No.12)

By: Caroline Skehill (author)Hardback

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This book is the first detailed history of child protection and welfare social work practice in the Republic of Ireland, providing a comprehensive and in-depth account of the development of social work within the child protection and welfare system in the Republic of Ireland. Drawing on a broad range of archival sources, the book illuminates the complex and often contradictory nature of child welfare practices over the period 1862-1991. The archival data provided in the book should provide an excellent starting point for persons interested in furthering the study of the nature of child welfare and/or social work in the Republic of Ireland. The book applies a methodology of a history of the present in a rigorous manner, drawing from Foucault's conceptualizations of archaeology, genealogy, and discourse. The book attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct the theorization of social work in 'the social' (Foucault, 1977; Donzelot, 1980, Parton, 1991) within the context of Irish social work. It is likely that both the methodological and theoretical aspects of this book, applied in such a grounded way, will be of great interest to a broad audience of social scientists and historians.

About Author

Dr. Caroline Skehill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, Queen's University Belfast. She has been researching and publishing work related to the history of social work in the Republic of Ireland for the past nine years. Dr. Skehill is an active member of the European network for Historical Studies of Gender and Social Work and the UK Social Work History Network. Her other research and teaching interests include contemporary child welfare and protection social work and critical social work theory.

Contents

Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Preface; Prologue; 1. What is the current position and nature of social work within the child protection and welfare system in the Republic of Ireland? 2. What is a history of the present and how does one apply it? 3. Review of existing histories of child protection and welfare social work in Ireland: 1970-1991; 4. Development of social work within the statutory child welfare services from 1970-1991: Raising questions; 5. Philanthropy and social work in Ireland: The emergence of professional social work as a regime of truth: 1889-1970; 6. Space for the emergence of social workers as psy experts in child care: 1862-1945; 7. Changing child welfare discourses: 1945-1970; 8. Discussion and conclusion; Appendices; Official publications and reports; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773464056
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 377
  • ID: 9780773464056
  • ISBN10: 0773464050

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