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The Politics of Representation: Social Work Lessons From the Advocacy Planning Movement
In urban planning’s new political awareness, representation became a social responsibility issue. This new understanding of politics and social responsibility in urban planning may have brought boundary interaction between planners and other professions, such as social work…
In his 1995 article, Andrew Abbott explores his evolving conception of the social work profession. As we approach the new millennium, Abbott’s conception becomes strikingly relevant. In brief review, Abbott’s first notion posits that social work is a profession of interstitiality. In this context, social workers translate and mediate between collogues in highly technical professions and their own social work clients. Abbott refers to this relationship as a “social work of boundaries” (Abbott, 1995).
As the boundaries between other professions change, the social work interstitiality changes as well – coined by Abbott “the boundaries of social work.” Abbott writes; “the function of social work, lik…