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A critical and maternal narrative approach to practice, enhancing recognition and solidarity with ambivalent representations

McGinty, Carol (2017) A critical and maternal narrative approach to practice, enhancing recognition and solidarity with ambivalent representations. Practice: Social Work in Action. ISSN 0950-3153

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Abstract

This is a conceptual paper that uses a critical practice approach to how a social worker’s interpretive lens may transform after they become a parent. With a composite case example, I reflect on my own biographical maternal narrative, which aims to enhance the recognition and solidarity with ambivalent representations in the journey of motherhood. I conceptualise maternal narratives with Fook’s critical approaches to practice framework (2016). I interweave a composite case example that I had direct experience and privilege of working with, along with my own biographical experience of mothering. The central themes that have emerged from my critical reflective analysis are; ambivalence, imperfection and guilt. This open ended inquiry outlines a new way of knowing. The primary data are biographical. For the purpose of this critical reflective article I am a mother, and hence I refer to my gendered experience. The article attempts to explore how my social work practice is afforded a new interpretative lens and reconstruction after my own transition into motherhood.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical approaches to social work practice; Ambiguous representations in maternal narratives; Biographical method; Child protection social work.
Subjects: Social Sciences
Social Sciences > Sociology
Research Centres: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Sean McGreal
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 17:34
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 13:00
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0
URI: http://eprints.dkit.ie/id/eprint/557

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