I'm gonna ask you about yourself so I can put it on paper: Analysing Street Level Bureaucracy Through Form-Related Talk in Social Work

Maureen Matarese, Dorte Caswell

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Standardised formats in social work have often been seen as neo-liberal and linked to New Public Management. Analysing naturally occurring data from social work interactions (conversations) in a homeless shelter, we argue that examining street-level bureaucracy from a discursive perspective enables us to discover new aspects of form-related interaction. By investigating several approaches to form-talk, we see how standardisation, routinisation, time and documentation function in concert to accomplish social work. We argue that, while some talk strictly adheres to questionnaires, allowing little space for client voice, other types of form-related talk do not adhere directly to form questions, providing more space for client voice. Importantly, the former interactions are discursively narrow spaces for client participation but provide transparency of the accountable event in play, while the latter discussions are more participatory client spaces that reduce transparency of the accountable event. As a result, we are both critical of the use of forms in the casework context and cautiously optimistic in terms of implications for social work.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Social Work
Vol/bind48
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)714–733
Antal sider20
ISSN0045-3102
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 apr. 2018

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