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Ethnocentrisms in knowledge production: the role of the welfare expert in social services

Oak, Eileen (2008). Ethnocentrisms in knowledge production: the role of the welfare expert in social services. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 8(7) pp. 69–78.

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This paper explores the interconnecting themes of knowledge, culture and change by examining the impact of the knowledge economy on the organization of welfare. It adopts as its specific focus the role of the welfare–expert' in the social services. This is contextualised within the New Labour government's social inclusion policies, the global knowledge economy and concepts of cultural capital within knowledge production. This issue is important because of the contemporary debates about new classes of knowledge producers and claims made about the increased democratisation of knowledge (Giddens 1996). In making an evaluation it considers the impact of cultural capital and the knowledge economy on the organisational culture of the public social services. It then asks whether these developments enhance social inclusion policies and if not what barriers exist to reduce effective service provision for socially excluded service users by examining the situation of gypsy welfare recipients.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Author
ISSN: 1447-9524
Keywords: ethnocentricism; knowledge economy; knowledge production; social inclusion and exclusion; cultural capital
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 24761
Depositing User: Eileen Oak
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 11:01
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2014 20:46
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