The book presents a layered and finely textured analysis of the issue of 'ethnic minority' women in professional social work in Britain. The analysis contextualizes their entry in terms of an understanding of the developing relationship between racial formation and its expression in local and central policy and policy-making. In the process, the author builds upon and greatly extends the current analyses of social policy and 'race' and gender. Using a skilful mix of theory, empirical research and interviews, the book explores the complexities of the racialized and gendered world of the social services department. The result is an important contribution to the literature that draws on feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and social constructionist perspectives to develop an argument about processes of racial formation.
'Race', Gender, Social Welfare will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners in the fields of social welfare, social work, ethnic and women's studies and discourse analysis.
List of Abbreviations.
PART I. GOVERNING RACIAL FORMATION.
1. Configuring the Terrain: Governmentality, Racialized Population and Social Work.
2. Now You See It, Now You Don’t: ‘Race’, Social Policy and the Blind Eye of Central Government.
3. Sites of Condensation: Social Services and Racial Formation at the Local Level.
4. ‘The Call of the Wild’: Contestatory Professional Discourses on ‘Race’ and Ethnicity.
PART II. COMPLEX ACTS OF BECOMING: WORKING ‘RACE’ AND GENDER.
5. ‘Evidence of Things Not Seen’: The Complexities of the ‘Everyday’ for Black Women Social Workers.
6. Categories of Exclusion: ‘Race’ and Gender in the SSD.
7. Situated Voice: ‘Black Women’s Experience’ and Social Work.