Constructing Risky Identities in Policy and Practice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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In this cutting edge collection authors examine risk thinking in a range of policy and practice contexts, including special needs education, digital exclusion, domestic violence and abuse, child protection and youth work. Four key interlinking themes emerge from the chapters. The first is how, within a neoliberal context, risk agendas can be used to justify and normalise the rationing and targeting of services. The second theme demonstrates that the use of such agendas can in themselves redefine what is constituted as social problems, and how they are understood and responded to in practice. Thirdly, it is clear welfare practice itself is being re-structured and re-theorised to adapt and conform to the new definitions and understandings that risk thinking has brought about. Finally, the fourth theme illustrates how the use of risk as a negative organising discourse is not inevitable but, in different contexts, can create positive outcomes for service users, practitioners and society.

Author Biography

Jeremy Kearney is Principal Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, UK.

Catherine Donovan is Professor of Social Relations at the University of Sunderland, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Identities, Individuals and Theories of Risk; Jeremy Kearney and Catherine Donovan
2. Risk, Identities and Recognition: A History of Dangerous Categories and Categories of Danger; Peter Rushton
3. Risky Populations and Risky Identities: The Regulation of Trust and Relationships Between Adults and Children; Jeremy Kearney
4. The Right to be Labelled: From Risk to Rights for Pupils with Dyslexia in 'Special Needs' Education; Stephen J. Macdonald
5. Lesbian Mothering and Risky Choices: 'Dangerous' New Forms of Love and Kinship; Sheila Quaid
6. Troubled Youth: Risk, Individualisation and Social Structure; Jacqueline Merchant
7. Redefining Domestic Violence and Abuse: Unintended Consequences of Risk Assessment; Catherine Donovan
8. Technologies of Power? Constructing Digital Exclusion, Risk and Responsibility; John Clayton
9. The Risky Business of Challenging Risk: Youth Work and Young People Through the Lens of 'Race'; Rick Bowler
10. Probation and Risk: The Paradox of 'Rehabilitating' Intimately Violent Men; Nicola Ballantyne
11. Conclusion: Reflections on Risk, Identity and the State

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