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The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth

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dc.contributor.supervisor Mullaly, Bob (Social Work) en_US
dc.contributor.author West, Juliana Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-22T15:58:14Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-22T15:58:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/23854
dc.description.abstract As a relatively recent phenomenon, the increasing overrepresentation of Aboriginal persons in both the child welfare and criminal justice systems is of critical importance to the field of social work. As social control systems, how do social workers contribute to or mitigate against overrepresentation as contemporary colonialism? What can social work professionals who themselves have been through these systems add to our social work discourse? A sample of fifteen Aboriginal social workers who had as youth been in either one or both of these systems were interviewed with respect to: what they found was helpful or unhelpful in their interactions as youth with social workers, why they subsequently chose social work as a career, the supports and barriers they encountered along their career path, and the difference their experiences had for their own professional practice. Using structural social work theory, overrepresentation as a contemporary colonializing process was re-conceptualised as structural violence. Institutional Ethnography (IE) and Hermeneutic Phenomenology were used to explore how these neo-liberal ruling relations are produced, maintained, and potentially deconstructed. The findings from this unique population have implications for decolonizing social work practice, education, and research. en_US
dc.subject Contemporary colonialism en_US
dc.subject social work en_US
dc.subject structural violence en_US
dc.subject child welfare en_US
dc.subject criminal justice en_US
dc.subject overrepresentation en_US
dc.subject structural social work en_US
dc.subject lived experience en_US
dc.subject reflexive en_US
dc.subject Hermeneutic Phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Institutional Ethnography en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal social workers en_US
dc.subject neo-liberalism en_US
dc.subject decolonization en_US
dc.subject client experience en_US
dc.title The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Comack, Elizabeth (Sociology) Bracken, Denis (Social Work) Brown, Leslie (University of Victoria) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2014 en_US


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