Creating the social in the medical. The development of poverty aware rehabilitation practices

PhD student: Bart Volders
Summary: New discourses, derived from the medical profession, influence social work. Interventions targeted at who are “at risk” and the idea of very early prevention are a significant part of policy and of many social work practices. The shift towards a prevention policy places a strong focus on the individual and is related to the concept of an active citizen who takes responsibility for his own well-being and that of others. These new (medical) insights legitimize interventions in the lives of the most marginalized families, and thus endorse individualization and decontextualization of social problems in which poverty is ignored as a structural problem. In this study, we remain true to the aspirations of social justice of social work and research how poverty-blind approaches can be challenged and poverty-aware perspectives and practices can be developed in rehabilitation practices.
PhD in Social Work
Promoter(s): Rudi Roose, Griet Roets (Department Of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, Ghent University)
Periode of time: January 2018 - ...