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Autonomy or abandonment?: A study of Swedish social workers' perceptions of professionalism and autonomy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2005 (English)In: Post Graduate Research Methods Conference  , 2005, 33- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social work is a central welfare state profession responsible for the implementation of welfare policies to the poor, disabled and other disadvantaged groups. But how do Swedish social workers percieve their role? Do they regard themselves as autonomous professionals or as administrators within the state bureaucracy? The paper analyses social worker's perceptions of their role as professional or public servant and whether their work is politically steered or whether there is discretion and autonomy. The method was to combine and intensive interview study with an extensive document analysis using Swedish social work's professional publication Socionomen. The conclusions were that social workers perceived themselves as professionals but they often felt a sense of abandonment from their political and departmental managers.

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2005. 33- p.
Keyword [en]
Social work. Profession, burueaucrat, municipality
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166759OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166759DiVA: diva2:477422
Post Graduate Reserach Methods Conference: Bäckaskogd Slott June 7-8 2005
Democracy & Deprofessionalisation
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