Social work academics’ subject positions: convergence and divergence

Simpson, Diane (2015) Social work academics’ subject positions: convergence and divergence. In: Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspectives, 9 - 11 December 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport.

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Abstract

Using Foucault’s (1989) concept of subject positions, this doctoral research, explores and
discusses identities and positions of social work academics. Thirteen subject positions
(Foucault, 1989) provided insight into the daily experiences of social work academics but
also had specific functions in managing identities of ‘practitioner’ and ‘academic’. The
subject positions were critical in facilitating the transition from practitioner to academic, but
also highlighted tensions and challenges (i.e. divergence) between social work and academic
practices and identities, as well as issues of synchronicity (i.e. convergence). The subject
positions facilitated the management of identities, enhanced areas of compatibility, addressed
and resolved issues of paradox, tension and antithetical identities. Thus, subject positions
reflected social work academics’ experiences of being, negotiating/becoming social work
academics. Subject positions were conceptualised as being, negotiating or a combination of
being and negotiating, set within a meta-position of a Dominant and Default Social Work
identity.

Keywords:Social work, Foucault, Subject positions
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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ID Code:19697
Deposited On:28 Nov 2015 22:16

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