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Title: Social work guanxi : a reflexive account of the social work relationship in the Chinese context
Authors: Cheung, JCS
Keywords: Community work/social development
Relationship-based practice
Rural social work
Social work relationship
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: European journal of social work, 2017, v. 20, no. 1, p. 101-111 How to cite?
Journal: European journal of social work 
Abstract: In a guanxi-driven acquaintanceship, the worker, the client, and the community are tied together more closely than they are in mutually agreed-upon service contracts. This paper re-examines the contemporary boundaries in the social work relationship, especially in Asian nations such as China, where ‘relationships’ are generally translated and perceived as ‘guanxi’. The indigenisation of social work must be managed with care when translating from West to East. Drawing from the experiences of community development projects in rural Hong Kong, this paper discusses how guanxi among social workers, clients and other stakeholders in Chinese communities might challenge the professionalism of social work and breach the boundaries of social work relationships.
ISSN: 1369-1457
EISSN: 1468-2664
DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1247258
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