The multiple relationships between the discipline of social work and the contributions of Michael White

Furlong, Mark 2008, The multiple relationships between the discipline of social work and the contributions of Michael White, Australian social work, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 403-420, doi: 10.1080/03124070802428530.

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Title The multiple relationships between the discipline of social work and the contributions of Michael White
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 61
Issue number 4
Start page 403
End page 420
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) social work
narrative
Michael White
discourse analysis
Foucault
social constructionism
Summary Michael White, the Australian narrative practitioner, died in April this year. Given White trained in social work and has had a large impact on many social workers, it is timely to investigate the opaque relationships linking White and his work with his discipline-of-origin. The present examination proceeds in three steps. First, a schematic outline of White’s intellectual influences and achievements is set out; second, the alignments, as well as tensions, between White’s work and his discipline-of-origin are considered; and, third, it is argued that White was informed by, and went on to produce a body of work that further informed, the contesting spirit that is the wellspring of the discipline of social work. This conclusion is reached mindful of the fact that White remained antagonistic to the role played by the professions in general and that he did not identify with the title ‘social worker’ in particular.
Notes Article first available online 20th November 2008
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03124070802428530
Field of Research 160799 - Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
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