Linda Harms Smith
Blaming-the-poor: strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies.
Harms Smith, Linda
Critical interrogation of social work texts reveals ideologies contributing to hegemonic 'taken-for-granted' knowledge that maintains oppressive power relations. In the South African context of ongoing inequality after the 1994 democratic transition, neo-liberal ideologies have structured and constrained social work knowledge and practice constitutive of social change. Similarly, conservative neo-liberal ideologies underpinning social work knowledge and discourse act performatively to shape practice and social realities. This article, based on a section of the author's PhD study, examines one of the thematic ideological trends found in post-1994 social work texts on poverty and social development, which reflect neo-liberal, individualist ideologies of 'blaming-the-poor' and personal culpability for poverty. A selection of three texts is discussed, illustrating processes and modes of operation of these ideologies in the various approaches proposed.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Mar 1, 2017|
|Journal||International social work|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||HARMS SMITH, L. 2017. Blaming-the-poor: strengths and development discourses which obfuscate neo-liberal and individualist ideologies. International social work [online], 60(2), pages 336-350. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872815594218|
|Keywords||Blaming the poor; Development; Ideology; Individualist; Neoliberalism; Social work; Strengths perspectives|
HARMS SMITH 2017 Blaming the poor