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Profesionalita sociálních pracovníků : Známka kvality, anebo procedurální berlička?

Title in English Professionalism of Social Workers : Quality Mark or Procedural Crutch?
Authors

BALÁŽ Roman

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sociální práce - Sociálna práca
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web časopis - archív
Field Management and administrative
Keywords profession; professionalization; professionalism; social work; discursive institutionalism; discursive studies; interpretative analysis; interpretative repertoires; subject positions; limit types; system; procedures; lifeworld; engagement; participation
Description The presented empirical study focuses on answering the question “How do social workers construct professionalism of social workers?” The question determines the qualitative research strategy. A combination of critical discourse psychology and poststructuralist discourse analysis became the research method which uses interpretative repertoires, subject positions and limit types as basic analytical tools. The presented study is based on data collected from interactions with 18 participants, all of whom are social workers. As a tool of data collecting it used in-depth interviews, double interviews and focus groups. In compliance with discourse analysis conventions, the gathered data were transcribed in accordance with the rules of conversational analysis, and the software Atlas.ti was utilized for data management. Interviewed social workers construct the professionalism of social workers as “the Quality Mark” and “the Procedural Crutch”. The conclusions of the study contribute to the discussion about the professionalization of social work in the Czech Republic by offering an understanding of why social workers strive for professionalism and why they may refuse it.
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