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NEW!! Special Call for Care & Control: The Intersections of Professional Helping and Citizenship-Based Belonging

2021-10-08

Care & Control: The Intersections of Professional Helping and Citizenship-Based Belonging

Submissions Due: April 1, 2022

Disciplines within the broad field of “professional helping” have long been critiqued as operating within the discourses of charity, paternalism, surveillance, and benevolence. Importantly, such discourses and their accompanying practices have their roots in racism, sexism, colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy, cisgenderism, sanism, and ableism to name a few axes of privilege and oppression. Within North American nation-states, professional helpers are concurrently functioning as purveyors of care and control of marginalized individuals and groups in society. It has been documented in the extant social sciences literature that care and control discourses and practices play an insidious and significant role in building the nation. This simultaneous mobilization of benevolent charity work operating as a site and technology of power and dominance in nation-building, rights-conferring, belonging, borders-patrolling, and homecare making warrants critical interrogation. This interrogation will enable the unravelling of the underlying chasms, pulls, ambiguities, and liminal spaces constructed and maintained within "professional helping" discourses and practices. This special section will contribute to the critical and intersectional social science scholarship by addressing contradictions, negotiations, possibilities, and the im/possibilities of providing professional care within the broad nexus of “citizenship.”

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Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work.  Reinhild Boehme, MA, MSW, LISW-S, Publisher (reflections@csuohio.edu). Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief (reflectionseditorialteam@gmail.com).