Social Work Research: Ethical and Political Contexts by Heather D'Cruz

By Heather D'Cruz

Written in a fascinating and obtainable kind, this e-book bridges the distance among conception and fact by means of discussing a number learn paradigms and putting them within the context social paintings. It additionally discusses the political and moral contexts which are intrinsic to social paintings perform.

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Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 71–87. qxd 3/24/04 12:52 PM Page 40 40 Social Work Research Rucinski, D. (1993) ‘The polls – a review: rush to judgment? Fast reaction polls in the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas controversy’, The Public Opinion Quarterly, 57, 4, 575–92. html Marietta Higgs and the Cleveland affair – a case study relating to mistaken or correct diagnoses of child sexual abuse in the UK (1987) In an excellent analysis of the Cleveland affair, Parton (1991: 79–80) describes the precipitating events as follows: In June 1987, a local newspaper in Cleveland began to publish stories concerning a large number of confused and angry parents who claimed that their children had been taken from them by local authority social workers on the basis of disputed diagnoses of sexual abuse made by two paediatricians, Dr Marietta Higgs and Dr Geoffrey Wyatt.

Are they conflictual or contradictory? • What are the gaps and biases implied in my account? What perspectives are repressed, distorted or simply missing or de-emphasized? • What actions or assumptions reinforce these gaps and biases? • What type of language did I use? What are the key and recurring terms and what do they imply? What categories/classifications are implied? Are they oppositional categories? Why did I choose to use these terms and what others could have been used in their place? How concrete or abstract was my terminology and what led me to frame my account in this way?

Indeed, ‘The problems researchers tackle are derived from sociological perspectives which, although in constant flux, have been fashioned through a hundred years of sociological thought’ (Gilbert, 1993a: 29). Social work researcher, Marlow (2001: 7), says that: Paradigms function as maps, directing us to the problems that are important to address, the theories that are acceptable, and the procedures needed to solve the problems. … Paradigms reflect changing values, countering the idea that a fixed reality exists out there to be objectively observed.

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