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The Autobiography and its Role in Social Work
An in-depth review of the role of the autobiography in claiming children's rights and resolving issues in the social services environment.
# 152681 | 3,307 words | 12 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The author of this paper discusses the role of autobiography as a conduit to explanation of outside events and specifically argues on the value of autobiographical records for the social worker in reporting on family law and children's rights cases. The author provides a personal vignette of her recollections of her parents' divorce that touches upon some of the more common familial and structural changes seen in broader social analysis and discusses the theory behind the autobiographical voice. The author concludes that the practice of autobiography proved cathartic in her case, and she would highly recommend this activity to her clients if she were to practice as a social worker.


From the Paper:

"At first glance, the au currant potentialities presented in the autobiographical record of everyday life experiences seem moot in the face of the professional scholarly interests of contemporary sociologists and social worker. Indeed, much of theoretical attention in the last decade has moved away from the rising stars of the 1980s, who instigated advocacy on behalf of communities and entire polities with the assertion that the 'personal is political.'
"A virtual battle cry within the halls of academia during that period, trends in change management thought were especially directed as the reincorporation of dispossessed and vulnerable populations, such as child-citizens in the North American context whom were slipping through the cracks in great numbers despite the 'developed' country index telling us stories otherwise. In 1970, Italian feminist, Carla Lonzi pointed out that 'equality is a juridical principle, whereas difference is an existential one.' A paucity of work on the personal conscription of politics as moniker to social movements with the intention to 'change the system,' were largely enforced by feminist thinkers like Lonzi, whom desired a firmer foundation to the exercise in legal rights. This includes the representation of children in divorce."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aries, P., 1962. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life. New York, NY: Vintage Books.
  • Baker, Russell, 1982. Growing Up. New York: Penguin:Plume.
  • DeBlasio, Donna, M., 2009. Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History. Athens: Ohio University Press: Swallow Press.
  • Fook, J., 2002. Social work critical theory and practice. London: Sage.
  • Ife, J., 2001. Human rights and social work: Towards rights-based practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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