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Educating or preaching? -- Questions of concept -- nonetheless strolling the tightrope? -- The 1989 teenagers Act : an important shift? -- A sew in time : the lads from the Ministry -- The Sixties and the short-lived 'triumph' of therapy -- ethical panic and Maria Colwell -- again to the long run

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Dominelli and McCleod (1989), Feminist Social Work, is one such example. Feminism, they suggest, involves an 26 Teaching or preaching? egalitarian stance and therefore the authors oppose other social divisions which involve dominance and subordination. In the context of this book, which is concerned with the dilemmas that social workers working with children and families face, the chapter concerning statutory social work is of particular interest and therefore the focus is mainly on that chapter.

P. 217) It may be of help to know the ways in which people can be prepared as gendered class subjects, but it does beg the question of whether we are all equally that. 22 Teaching or preaching? Class–subject positions and collective subjectivities Gilroy (1987) suggests that ‘if it is to continue to be useful, class analysis like class struggle cannot be confined to individuals who occupy positions in the immediate process of production’ (p. 32). There is a central reason for this, and it concerns the fact of a large amount of structural unemployment.

The work of Foucault, especially his later work, indicates that he himself did not have such a deterministic and passive role for the individual subject. Hence it is necessary to outline the ways in which a nonreductionist version of the work of Foucault can be of utility in the project of discourse analysis. Power/knowledge For Foucault, the definition of the dispositif, or apparatus, is as a ‘thoroughly heterogeneous ensemble consisting of discourses, institutions, architectural forms, regulatory decisions, laws, administrative measures, scientific statements, philosophical, moral and philanthropic propositions – in short, the said and the unsaid’ (Foucault 1980: 194).

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