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dc.contributor.advisorNeitz, Mary Jo, 1951-eng
dc.contributor.authorPatterson, Christine M. (Christine Marie)eng
dc.coverage.spatialMissourieng
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Summereng
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.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Sociology.eng
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.eng
dc.identifier.merlin.b61518864eng
dc.identifier.oclc183431237eng
dc.identifier.otherPattersonC-072707-D8301eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4649eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2007 Freely available dissertations (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2007 Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshChild welfare workerseng
dc.subject.lcshChildren -- Legal status, laws, etc.eng
dc.subject.lcshFoster home careeng
dc.subject.lcshFamily serviceseng
dc.subject.lcshBills, Legislativeeng
dc.titleThe (in)visibility of race, class, and gender: workers' standpoints on the transformation of Missouri's child welfare policyeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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