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Exploring Social WorkAn Anthropological Perspective$
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Linda Bell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350712

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350712.001.0001

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Getting involved: an anthropological and auto-ethnographic journey

Getting involved: an anthropological and auto-ethnographic journey

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Exploring Social Work

Linda Bell

Policy Press

This chapter explains the author's positioning and how anthropologists try to work from an outsider perspective. It includes some ideas about different theoretical perspectives about social work. The chapter's reflexive positioning from the perspective of an anthropologist is fundamental to this book. Hence, it argues the approach is in keeping with recent methodological and theoretical approaches to social anthropology. It provides some auto-ethnographic background relating to longitudinal work with social workers and social work educators in the United Kingdom (UK). This, in turn, opens up room for some critical reflections. Finally, this chapter addresses the issue of social work ‘voice’ and representation.

Keywords:   anthropology, social anthropology, anthropologist, theoretical perspectives, auto-ethnographic background, social workers, social work educators, social work representation, social work voice

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