Conclusion: The Potentials of a Lived Citizenship Perspective for Critical Social Work Research

Hanne Warming, Kristian Fahnøe

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Warming and Fahnøe provide a cogent overview of how a lived citizenship approach enables critical analyses of social work and social policies by addressing challenges related to rights, recognition, participation, belonging and identity. The sub-concept of intimate citizenship and a spatial analysis approach reveal how clients’ struggles in intimate and societal life, and in public and private spaces, are intertwined with geo-politics and global flows of governance strategies, e.g. neoliberalism and managerialism, which also condition social work practices. Indeed, social work constitutes a kind of sociological magnifying glass through which broader social changes can be studied, including dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, new conflicts and modes of resistance, and new social pathologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLived Citizenship on the Edge of Society : Rights, Belonging, Intimate Life and Spatiality
EditorsHanne Warming, Kristian Fahnøe
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-55067-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-55068-8_12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesPalgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series


  • social work research
  • Lived citizenship
  • inclusion
  • exclusion
  • spatiality
  • intimate citizenship
  • weak theory
  • geo-politics
  • global flows

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