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Social work and social problems: A contribution from systems theory and constructionism
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEFSA)
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Ghent University, Belgium. (TEFSA)
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 23, no 4, 431-442 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social work builds its identity on social problems. The goal is to generate knowledge about causes, consequences and solutions. However, there is a lack of theory of social problems. We suggest that research on social problems can benefit by ‘bringing the observer in’: Loseke's constructionist framework and Luhmann's systems theory. According to Loseke, social problems appear differently when constructed by different observers. Constructions vary in terms of morality, conditions, victims/villains and solutions. From Luhmann we learn that modern society consists of a multitude of social systems (e.g. politics, science, economy etc.), each operating with their own communicative codes. Combining both approaches, we hypothesise that any social system constructs its own (version of) social problems. Illustrating with the empirical case ‘suicide among mentally ill people’, we examine how a phenomenon is constructed differently as a social problem by four different social systems: the disability movement, politics, medicine and social work.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 23, no 4, 431-442 p.
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constructivism, Luhmann, social problems, social work theory, systems theory, suicide
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107377DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12091ISI: 000342813800010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-107377DiVA: diva2:723705
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