Social work education and carcerality

Simpson, Diane (2014) Social work education and carcerality. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference, 10 - 12 December 2014, Celtic Manor, Newport.

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Abstract

This doctoral study examined the experiences of social work practitioners who became social work academics. Interviews with social work academics from five English universities explored career pathways, transition experiences and engagement with academic identities and roles, conceptualised within a Foucauldian theoretical perspective. There is a growing body of knowledge about the experiences of practitioners from various disciplines who become academics in their field (Field, 2012; Findlow, 2012) but notably, there is a lack of empirical evidence about social work practitioners. Using and extending Foucault’s (1991) concept of disciplinary power (which theorises about how society is regulated through observation and social norms), this paper argues that academic practice of social work educators is encapsulated within a carceral (controlling) network in which they are “docile bodies” (Foucault, 1991: 138) subject to observation, actively challenging “normalising judgements” (Foucault, 1991: 177) and part of the disciplinary mechanism of surveillance and normalisation of students.

Keywords:social work, social work education, Foucault, Disciplinary power, Carcerality, Higher Education, Academic practice
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:16055
Deposited On:23 Nov 2014 13:25

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