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Resistance as a means of creating accountability in child welfare institutions
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 20, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the identity constructions of youths who are objects of special interventions in the area of child welfare. The aim of the paper was to explore the various dimensions of resistance to institutional identities among youths in special schools and fostercare institutions. Interviews were conducted with adolescents aged between 12 and 15, identified as having social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The analysis generates knowledge about society’s interventions as well as how adolescents respond to offered institutionalidentities by adopting different kinds of discursive resistance.The paper highlights the different types of discursive resistance that adolescents use to present themselves as accountable individuals anddiscusses the importance of considering resistance as a positive force rather than as something that must be defeated.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 20, no 1
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accountability, adolescent, child welfare institution, clientification, identity, resistance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92174DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12070ISI: 000347711700001OAI: diva2:620281
Available from: 2013-05-08 Created: 2013-05-08 Last updated: 2015-04-23Bibliographically approved

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