Title
The challenge of superdiversity for the identity of the social work profession : experiences of social workers in De Sloep in Ghent, Belgium The challenge of superdiversity for the identity of the social work profession : experiences of social workers in De Sloep in Ghent, Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
International social work / International Council on Social Welfare; International Association of Schools of Social Work. - London, 1958, currens
Volume/pages
(2016) , p. 1-15
ISSN
0020-8728
1461-7234
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article examines the challenges that superdiversity and complexity pose for social workers. Taking an ethnographic approach, we focus on the knowledge-in-action of social workers in a small service organization in Belgium in order to access their experiences of being professionals in superdiverse contexts. The reflections of the social workers reveal the prominence of three inter-related issues: the social vulnerability of clients, the tensions that arise in coping with differences between personal and professional frameworks and identities, and the discontinuity that challenges the professional self-confidence of social workers. The findings raise important questions for the professional identity of social work.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/1c650d/134111.pdf
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