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We Do the Best We Can: Accounting Practices in Social Work Discourses of Asylum Seekers

Masocha, Shepard (2013) We Do the Best We Can: Accounting Practices in Social Work Discourses of Asylum Seekers. British Association of Social Workers, . ISSN Online 1468-263X - Print 0045-3102. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct048) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This study explores linguistic strategies that are deployed by social workers in their attempts to justify and defend their practice with asylum seekers. Using discursive social psychology, social workers' accounts are examined for the action orientation of their accounts; what are the respondents doing in their accounts? This involves exploring the various ways in which the social workers' accounts achieve specific actions such as blaming, justifying and excusing. A key concern of the study is highlighting veracity or factual status as a concern for the social workers who were interviewed for this study. As such, the interest is in how such accounts of practice are constructed by social workers in their attempts to render their versions credible and difficult to undermine. The study provides an insight into some of the ways which social workers use to produce accounts of competent social work practice and how this is an integral part of a defensive social work discourse.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bct048
Uncontrolled keywords: Asylum seekers discourse analysis accounting practices language
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 14:26 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36391 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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