Social work and gender: An argument for practical accounts

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This article contributes to the debate on gender and social work by examining dominant approaches within the field. Anti-discriminatory, woman-centred and intersectional accounts are critiqued for reliance upon both reification and isolation of gender. Via examination of poststructural, queer and trans theories within social work, the author then presents accounts based upon structural/materialist, ethnomethodological and discursive theories, in order to open up debates about conceptualization of gender. These are used to suggest that social work should adopt a focus on gender as a practical accomplishment that occurs within various settings or contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-487
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2015


  • gender
  • sex
  • ethnomethodology
  • discourse
  • anti-oppressive practice
  • men
  • women
  • feminism


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