Davis, F. (2017). Put down your knitting: unpicking social welfare professionalisation in 1970s Australia. Journal of Australian Studies,41(2), M. Nolan, J. Kimber. 222-236. Australia: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2017.1308420
This article compares evidence given to the 1970s Commonwealth Commission of Enquiry into Poverty by a social worker from Armidale with that of a group of foster carers in Adelaide. It does so to illuminate the power struggle underway between volunteers, professionals and experts at a key moment in Australia’s social welfare history. The testimonies provide two very different perspectives on the challenges of social welfare professionalisation. Analysing them allows a deeper exploration of those challenges, which, to date, have been under-explored, while bringing a greater understanding of the factors that shaped the creation of enquiry submissions.
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