Language social work and discourse

Gallagher, Antony (2011) Language social work and discourse. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Parton (2004) describes discourse as structures of knowledge, claims and practices through which we understand, explain and decide things, define obligations and determine the distribution of responsibilities. Social work, as all professions is comprised of a discourse. Any given discourse is conveyed via language (Foucault 1980). This literature review considers the subject of language and social work discourse in light of relevant theory. The central aim of this literature review is to seek clarity as to how social workers should manage the use of language as a professional. This aim requires an examination of the strengths and limitation of post modern concepts within a systematic literature review. The review found that post modern concepts offer a sophisticated approach to deconstructing, and therefore understanding the experience of social work and those who engage with it. It reveals the cause of tension and contradictions and the role language plays in generating the same, however it can also be said post modern thinking can lay bare the problem but not offer the solution. In order to achieve the aim of the literature review consideration was given to alternative theories drawn from the work of Sartre and Chomsky.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 09:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:41

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