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Pride and Shame in Child and Family Social Work: Emotions and the Search for Humane Practice

Matthew Gibson


This book reports on the first study into the role of pride and shame in social work practice. The concepts of pride, shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment are outlined and analysed, providing a new framework for understanding and researching these emotions in professional practice. It is argued that these emotions are inherently part of practice, influencing what social workers do and how they do it. Such emotions are considered in the context of wider institutional processes that construct ideal forms of practice, which are then used to evaluate social workers’ actions and praise, sha ... More

Keywords: Shame, Pride, Social Work, Child Protection, Emotions, Institutional Work, Social Representation Theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447344797
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447344797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Gibson, author
University of Birmingham