Title: Are people measurable? A study of documentation and government in the social political initiative The Common Responsibility II (Det Fælles Ansvar II) This thesis investigates social work using a specific initiative ‘The Common Responsibility II’ (Det Fælles Ansvar II) as a case. The initiative is targeting marginalised groups and the main goal of the programme is to support socially marginalised in taking steps towards the labour market. The initiative is a pilot project for the Danish Government as it introduces Performance Management in the funded projects. The thesis is a critical analysis of 1) the rationalities which inform the social initiative and the technologies which support these and 2) the practises that take place at two drop-in-centres when documenting and measuring the progress of the users of the centres. The thesis employs Foucault’s concepts of power, subjectivity and rationalities. The empirical foundation of the thesis consists of documents concerning the political initiative and interviews with staff members at two drop-in-centres, which have received funding from The Common Responsibility II. The thesis concludes that the understanding of the socially marginalised as a group for intervention is informed by a social-liberal rationality, where the state as a risk-association helps and supports citizens in reintegrating into society. However, the understanding of how these citizens are to be helped is informed by a neoliberal rationality as the programme suggests employment and activity as the means for socially marginalised to become active members of society. Since the labour market is put forward as the integrative mechanism in society, activity becomes the new norm for citizenship. Technologies supporting these rationalities are Performance Management and Program Theory. These technologies support the idea of the ‘active agent’ by creating knowledge of socially marginalised people in the terms of progression/regression in relation to employment, social skills and quality of life. Employees at the two drop-in-centres criticise the government’s focus on the labour market but still reproduce a neoliberal rationality by describing how the socially marginalised should develop themselves through participation in activity. The understanding is that this population group would benefit from becoming conscious of their own resources and consequently become active members of society through activity. In documenting the development of the users of the drop-in-centres the staff-members criticise that it is not possible to document for example methods used in social work. The staff members thus see themselves as objects for documentation, which underlines that the idea of measurement is gaining a strong position in the social practise.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||30 okt. 2008|