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The emotional politics of social work and child protection

Joanne Warner


For 40 years or more, social work and child protection have been subject to accelerating cycles of crisis and reform. Each crisis involves intense media and political scrutiny and public outcry following the serious harm or death of a child through extreme abuse or neglect. Policy reforms are characterised by attempts to eradicate risk through tighter controls on professional practice. This book argues that this cycle is driven by collective emotions that do political work. By introducing the concept of ‘emotional politics’, the book highlights how emotions such as disgust, anger and shame are ... More

Keywords: emotional politics, emotions, politics, culture, social work, child protection, risk, media, newspapers, qualitative documentary analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447318422
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Warner, author
University of Kent