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Picturing social work, puzzles and passion: exploring and developing transnational professional identities

Wiles, Fran and Vicary, Sarah (2019). Picturing social work, puzzles and passion: exploring and developing transnational professional identities. Social Work Education, 38(1) pp. 47–62.

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Abstract

Exploring and in turn developing professional identity is a challenge faced by social work programmes, nationally and internationally. This paper developed from the authors’ shared research interest in how social workers and students of social work develop and express their professional identities. We report findings from a workshop designed to explore how a group of social workers from different countries conceptualised social work identity, including the effects of transnational and cultural contexts. Our starting point drew on theoretical concepts developed in Wiles’s research, in which the term professional identity is used to convey multiple meaning, and the method developed in Vicary’s research which uses drawing to elicit data. We found that a collective identity is shared across national boundaries albeit, and ironically, that this shared identity has components that are not cohesive and are continually being redefined. In the participants’ own words, the notion of social work identity is always just out of reach conceptually, or ‘over the horizon’. Tensions in identity were also revealed, alongside a sense of passion or deep commitment. These findings complement and add to the existing literature on exploring and developing professional identity in social work.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1470-1227
Keywords: professional identity; social work; collective identity; rich pictures; transnational national and cultural context
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Social Work
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 58110
Depositing User: Sarah Vicary
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 09:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58110
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