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dc.contributor.advisorNeitz, Mary Jo, 1951-en
dc.contributor.authorPatterson, Christine M. (Christine Marie)en_US
dc.coverage.spatialMissouri
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Summeren
dc.descriptionThe 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.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007)en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Sociology.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.identifier.merlin.b61518864en_US
dc.identifier.oclc183431237en_US
dc.identifier.otherPattersonC-072707-D8301en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4649
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2007 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2007 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshChild welfare workersen_US
dc.subject.lcshChildren -- Legal status, laws, etc.en_US
dc.subject.lcshFoster home careen_US
dc.subject.lcshFamily servicesen_US
dc.subject.lcshBills, Legislativeen_US
dc.titleThe (in)visibility of race, class, and gender: workers' standpoints on the transformation of Missouri's child welfare policyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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