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Co-producing a social workable matter: topics and collaborating in social work encounters


Canty, JB, Co-producing a social workable matter: topics and collaborating in social work encounters, Qualitative Social Work, 21, (6) pp. 1085-1103. ISSN 1473-3250 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/14733250221124207


A common task in encounters with professionals is to identify a matter warranting professional assistance. Co-producing a 'social workable' matter in social work encounters as an interactional achievement is yet to be explored. Specifying this as an institutional and interactional project creates the opportunity to analyse how topics are collaboratively used in social work encounters to achieve a joint understanding of the work for the session. Such projects offer insights into the social actions involved in identifying matters that are relevant to the service, setting and professional encounter. Conversation analysis (CA) of real-world social work sessions offers a way to understand how social workers and clients produce, elaborate and pursue topics as a collaborative achievement. This detailed analytic approach illuminates how social workable matters are co-produced in interaction and creates an opportunity to examine and improve collaboration in interpersonal practice contexts.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social work, collaboration, topicality, conversation analysis, membership categorisation analysis, mental health
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Clinical social work practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Canty, JB (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:153120
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-09-07
Last Modified:2022-11-18
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