List of Abbreviations.
PART I. GOVERNING RACIAL FORMATION.
1. Configuring the Terrain: Governmentality, Racialized Population and Social Work.
2. Now You See It, Now You Don’t: ‘Race’, Social Policy and the Blind Eye of Central Government.
3. Sites of Condensation: Social Services and Racial Formation at the Local Level.
4. ‘The Call of the Wild’: Contestatory Professional Discourses on ‘Race’ and Ethnicity.
PART II. COMPLEX ACTS OF BECOMING: WORKING ‘RACE’ AND GENDER.
5. ‘Evidence of Things Not Seen’: The Complexities of the ‘Everyday’ for Black Women Social Workers.
6. Categories of Exclusion: ‘Race’ and Gender in the SSD.
7. Situated Voice: ‘Black Women’s Experience’ and Social Work.
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* In an innovative approach, research material and theory are interwoven and a challenging analysis developed.
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