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Ethnographies of practice - practising ethnography : resources for self-reflective social work

Ethnographien der Praxis - Ethnographie praktizieren
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Riemann, Gerhard

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Abstract This paper argues that acquiring competencies in different approaches and procedures in qualitative or interpretative social research provides a strong foundation for case analysis in professional social work practice. When students of social work become familiar with such research and are encouraged to engage in their own supervised projects they develop skills for a circumspect and sensitive practice with clients. The paper reports on work with students of social work in Germany, which can be described as an attempt to help them to become self-reflective ethnographers in their own affairs, of their own emergent social work practice. It spells out different phases of a process in which they learn to make their own practice strange. This process consists of developing different competencies in observing, analysing and writing, and requires a setting in which students' written observations and reflections can be shared and discussed by their peers in a critical, egalitarian and supportive manner. The author thinks that such a critical and self-critical discourse which addresses professional issues in general, as well as the individual student's (or practioner's) experiences and reflections, can have important implications for the collective development of social work and its relationship with other professions.
Keywords ethnography; social work; social research; student; practice; research; qualitative method; method; competence; observation; field research
Classification General Problems, History of the Social Sciences; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Social Work, Social Pedagogics, Social Planning
Method basic research
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 87-101
Journal Journal of Social Work Practice, 19 (2005) 1
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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