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The emotional politics of social work and child protection$
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Joanne Warner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318422

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318422.001.0001

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From crisis to reform

From crisis to reform

the emotional politics of child rescue and commemoration

(p.69) Four From crisis to reform
The emotional politics of social work and child protection

Joanne Warner

Policy Press

This chapter extends the concept of emotional politics to three other processes: collective remembering; the myth of political control through policy reform; and emotional interest representation. It is argued that collective remembering can be understood as a form of social action through commemoration, which drives the impetus for reform. Through commemoration, particular ways of making sense of the past – and therefore, implicitly, the future – are sustained. The rhetorical device of the ‘roll-call’ of names of children who have died is analysed, together with processes of inquiry and case review. The myth of political control is evident through analysis of political speech. Binary discourse is used to code reforms in moral terms that link them to the prevention of any future deaths. References in speeches to the personal experience of the politician suggest they are a form of emotional labour. Reforms involving the creation of a newly idealised, heroic social worker are seen as the antidote to the toxic, folk-devil social worker that was constructed in previous episodes of crisis. In emotional interest representation, Members of Parliament are understood as envoys of emotions that are felt and expressed among their constituents, which are converted into political action in a national context.

Keywords:   collective remembering, commemoration, binary discourse, roll-call, policy reform, emotional interest representation, interest representation, politicians, Member of Parliament, envoys of emotion

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