The (in)visibility of race, class, and gender: workers' standpoints on the transformation of Missouri's child welfare policy

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The (in)visibility of race, class, and gender: workers' standpoints on the transformation of Missouri's child welfare policy

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dc.contributor.advisor Neitz, Mary Jo, 1951- en
dc.contributor.author Patterson, Christine M. (Christine Marie) en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Missouri
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T18:39:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T18:39:40Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Summer en
dc.identifier.other PattersonC-072707-D8301 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4649
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007) en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Sociology. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an institutional ethnography of changes in Missouri's child welfare system after House Bill 1453. I demonstrate how child welfare policy is gendered, raced, and classed by examining practices, texts, and discourses in child welfare offices. By focusing on everyday practices and the way they are mediated by texts, I create a map to reveal how social inequality is produced and reproduced by subjecting families to intense regulation and disruption. I contextualize my analysis by pointing to the significant retrenchment of social programs. I discuss three key groups: social workers, mandated reporters, and juvenile officers. By discussing each group's structural position and their understandings of the system, I show the tensions that develop among the groups. Although HB 1453 was intended to bring about sweeping changes in most aspects of the child welfare system, the intentions of legislators were transformed at various points. This enables me to discuss the discourse of liability that encouraged social workers to recommend that children be taken into protective custody while it encouraged juvenile officers to do the opposite. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2007 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child welfare workers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children -- Legal status, laws, etc. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Foster home care en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Family services en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bills, Legislative en_US
dc.title The (in)visibility of race, class, and gender: workers' standpoints on the transformation of Missouri's child welfare policy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b61518864 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 183431237 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2007 Dissertations


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