The Role of Social Work Practice and Policy in the Lived and Intimate Citizenship of Young People with Psychological Disorders

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Drawing on the concepts of lived and intimate citizenship and applying a weak theory approach, Warming shows how social work practices at a residence for young people with psychological disorders constitute a social intervention with contested and multidimensional (action-related, emotional, affective, positioning-related) outcomes for clients’ rights, participation and belonging. Although the clients describe their stay as empowering and characterised by recognition, they also experience discrimination and exclusion. Indeed, the chapter’s socio-spatial analysis show how their time there unfolds as a risky dance on the edges of non-citizenship, where they are positioned as - or feel - out of place due to politically contingent everyday practices through which emotions, affections and more-than-human agents intertwine with rational human agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLived Citizenship on the Edge of Society : Rights, Belonging, Intimate Life and Spatiality
EditorsHanne Warming, Kristian Fahnøe
Number of pages26
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-55067-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-310-55068-8_4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesPalgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series


  • Social Work
  • lived citizenship
  • belonging
  • weak theory
  • emotions
  • intimate citizenship
  • Young People
  • residential care

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