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Radical HopePoverty-Aware Practice for Social Work$
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Michal Krumer-Nevo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354895.001.0001

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On emotional pain

On emotional pain

(p.123) 8 On emotional pain
Radical Hope

Michal Krumer-Nevo

Policy Press

This chapter continues the discussion of recognition by focusing on the second area of service users’ inner worlds that needs to be recognized—the emotional pain connected to poverty. The chapter presents excerpts from women’s accounts of the existence of emotional pain in their lives. Since pain is a subjective phenomenon, in order to recognize it social workers are forced to adopt service users’ perspectives regarding their emotional pain. Unlike pathology, which is determined by the social worker with or without the approval of service users, pain can be defined and determined only by service users. The chapter presents women’s strategies for dealing with their pain—including concealment. Hence, the recognition of pain requires close and trustful relationships. The chapter discusses the role pain plays in the interactions between people in poverty and social workers.

Keywords:   pain, life story, interview, suffering

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