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Title: Exploring the sacred-secular dialect in everyday social work practice : an analysis of religious responses to managerialism among outreach social workers in Hong Kong
Authors: Groves, JM
Ho, WY
Siu, K 
Keywords: Christian social worker
Hong Kong
Social work
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: British journal of social work, 2016, v. 46, no. 5, p. 1411-1428 How to cite?
Journal: British journal of social work 
Abstract: We examine the recent proliferation of religious discourses among front line social workers in the former British Colony of Hong Kong in order to explore the nature of 're-enchantment' in modern social work practice. In-depth qualitative interviews with twenty social workers who identify as 'Christian social workers' in a variety of social work organisations (both religious and secular) reveal the adoption of religious identities and discourses to navigate the encroachment of managerialism. A systematic analysis of these narratives suggests that Christian social workers evoke religion to reclaim feelings of authenticity in their work, to facilitate more personalised relationships with their clients, and to empower themselves following the introduction of managerialist policies. We illuminate the dialectical relationship between religious discourses and managerialism to critique claims in the literature about a 're-enchantment' in social work, and to understand the essence of religion in modern social work practice.
ISSN: 0045-3102
EISSN: 1468-263X
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv071
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