Social Work Practices: Contemporary Perspectives on Change

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    Dedication

    For Rachael

    Acknowledgments

    I am grateful for the generous support and encouragement I have received from many people over the course of this work. My special thanks go to Ingrid Burkett, Graham Floater, Sue Goodwin, Mal McCouat, Joan Mulholland and my colleagues at the University of Sydney. I thank Professor Jan Fook, Professor Peter Leonard and Dr Colin Peile for their rare gifts of intellectual generosity and leadership. I am deeply grateful for their openness to differences, whole-hearted support of this project and for their ongoing affirmation of the importance of critical social work practices. Thanks to Karyn Walsh for friendship, mentoring and intellectual challenges, and to the young women who participated in the anti-violence project for giving so much in their insights about social work practices. I wish to acknowledge Queensland Health, who provided the original funding for the young women's anti-violence project and thus provided me with a fabulous opportunity to study activist practices in detail.

    Thanks to Karen Phillips, editor at Sage, for her encouragement of this work and for carrying on our e-mail conversation across the world! Finally, my heartfelt thanks to Julie Conway, Rachael Healy and Dennis Longstaff for their love and friendship, which meant that, even when I was going out on a limb, I never felt really alone.

    This is my original work. I do draw, in small part, on two previously published papers. I thank the editors of the journals mentioned for permission to reproduce aspects of these papers:

    K.Healy, (1998) ‘Participation and child protection: the importance of context’, The British Journal of Social Work, 28 (6): 897–914. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011407
    K.Healy and J.Mulholland (1998) ‘pDiscourse analysis and activist social work: investigating practice processes’, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 25 (3): 3–27.
  • Appendix: Conversation Transcription Conventions

    Many of the illustrations in Chapters 5 and 6 involve transcriptions of talk from practice sites. In order to give an indication of the tone and the pace of the conversations, in many of the transcripts I have included the conversational markers outlined here. These conversational transcription conventions have been adapted from the work of Atkinson and Heritage (1984).

    AEmphasis or loudness of tone: indicated by CAPITAL letters.
    BHigh pitch: indicated by ↑ ↑.
    CQuickness of speech: indicated by > >
    DContinuers: speech acts demonstrating acknowledgement in others' speech, such as ‘hmm’, ‘yen’ are indicated on the transcript.
    EIn the transcripts some priority is accorded to the replication of the actual sound of the speech. Thus, for example, ‘out of’ may be written as ‘outta’.
    FExtension of a sound or a syllable: a colon ‘:’ is used to indicate extensions in speech. Thus, for example, ‘light’ might be written as ‘li:ght’. This is useful for showing emphasis in speech.
    GAudible aspirations: these were marked by ‘hhh’
    HUncertainty about content. Words within parentheses() indicate some uncertainty in my interpretation of what was said. Empty parentheses indicate that I am unable to make any interpretation of the content of the talk.
    JSquare brackets([]) are used to indicate extra information that may be useful to the reader in interpreting the conversation. They enclose explanatory notes such as information that is common knowledge to the participants in the conversation but is unlikely to be unknown to the reader, such as Jean ([the midwife]). I also refer to ([talk over]) to indicate lapses in single group focus and the breaking up of the group talk into smaller and multiple conversations which were very difficult to transcribe.

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