Whiteford, M., 2011. Square pegs, round holes: Rough sleeping and service user involvement. Practice: Social Work in Action, 23 (1), pp. 45-58.
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In contemporary social work practice and education service, user involvement has become an iridescent concept. Yet, in the case of homeless people, the specific challenges and potentially powerful effects of such participatory approaches have been significantly neglected. As a result, the distinctive 'voices' and experiences of homeless people in general and rough sleepers in particular are all too frequently overlooked or ignored. This paper, drawing on a study of a small voluntary day-centre for people experiencing homelessness in a 'rural county', sets out to raise fundamental questions about the link between homelessness, the practice of citizenship and the mobilisation of the vocabulary of 'user involvement'. Using an engaged ethnographic research approach, this article suggests that there are deep-rooted flaws in the service user involvement project and its emancipatory claims.
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Social Work|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy|
|Deposited By:||Dr Martin Whiteford LEFT|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2011 15:31|
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