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Mind your own business: technologies for governing social worker subjects
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3620-7105
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 338-349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A vast body of research has demonstrated negative effects on social work following from a neoliberalisation of the welfare state. This article explores some of the ways in which such neoliberalisation may be carried out and maintained, by shaping social workers subjects in ways that make them compliant in such a scheme. From interviews with social workers in Sweden, an analysis of budget governing, individual wage negotiations, the client contractor model and social worker supervision shows that such governing technologies may accentuate an individual, competitive and detached subject. This may in turn produce loyalty to individual selves and management, which risks undermining the formation of a social worker subject who is willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with both their co-workers and their clients.

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Omfattande forskning har visat hur nyliberaliseringen av välfärdsstaten fått negativa effekter. Denna artikel undersöker olika sätt som gör att socialarbetare formas för att göra dem medgörliga i en sådan omdaning. Genom intervjuer med socialarbetare i Sverige analyseras hur budgetstyrning, individuell lönesättning, beställar-utförarmodellen och socialarbetares handledning kan bidra till att skapa en individualistisk, konkurrensinriktad och likgiltig socialarbetare. Detta kan i sin tur skapa lojalitet med självet och ledningen vilket riskerar att underminera ett socialarbetarsubjekt som står på klientens och sina medarbetares sida.

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2019. Vol. 22, no 2, p. 338-349
Keywords [en]
Social work, neoliberalism, subject formation, governmentality, assemblage
Keywords [sv]
socialt arbete, nyliberalism, subjektsformering, styrning, styrningsmentalitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34809DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2018.1529661ISI: 000457563500014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-34809DiVA, id: diva2:1258471
Available from: 2018-10-24 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2019-03-18Bibliographically approved

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