Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447318439 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447318422 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only

The Emotional Politics of Social Work and Child Protection

Joanne Warner

The Emotional Politics of Social Work and Child Protection

Joanne Warner

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447318439 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447318422 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Social work and child protection systems have for several decades been subject to cycles of crisis and reform, with each crisis drawing intense media and political scrutiny. In this book, Joanne Warner argues that to understand the nature of these cycles, we have to pay attention to the importance of collective emotions such as anger, shame, and fear. To do so, she introduces the concept of emotional politics. Using a range of cases from the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, Warner reveals that collective emotions are central to constructions of risk and blame—and that they are generated and reflected by official documents, politicians, and the media. She also suggests strategies for challenging emotional politics, including identifying models for a more politically engaged stance for the social work profession.
Contents
Introducing emotional politics
‘Heads must roll’? The politics of national anger and the press
Hidden in plain sight: poverty and the politics of disgust
From crisis to reform: the emotional politics of child rescue and commemoration
Risk, respectability and the emotional politics of class
The emotionality of official documents: the serious case review as an active text
Comparative perspectives: cultures of difference and convergence
Towards a new emotional politics of social work and child protection.
Review Quotes
Harry Ferguson, University of Nottingham
"This brilliant book takes our understanding of the emotional dynamics of social work, child protection, politics, power, and everyday life to an entirely new level. Intellectually rich yet always relevant to practice, it shows how under recognized emotions like disgust and visceral notions of respectability not only create definitions of child abuse, but also what it means to be a good citizen and parent."
Sue White, University of Birmingham
"This thought-provoking and erudite book analyzes the role of emotion and moral judgment in public and political responses to childhood and children at risk. It addresses the role of disgust and shame and thus animates the predictable responses to child deaths. The book concludes with a powerful argument for an emotional politics of child protection."
Child Abuse Review
“Highly readable and very well structured. . . . [A] valuable for social work practitioners, especially those in child protection. Warner makes a strong case for greater account to be taken of how social work policy and practice are powerfully shaped by individual and collective emotion.”
Critical and Radical Social Work
“This book takes a panoramic view of child protection tragedies, from Maria Colwell in 1973 to the present day.”
Australian Journal Social Work
“A meticulously researched book.”
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