Critical Social Work: A Performance Ethnography

Social Work For Change Group Members

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This performance ethnography presents a multi-vocal dialog of a group of social workers and social work students dealing with personal and professional issues of critical social work. Performance ethnography is an innovative qualitative research method that uses a dramatic medium to bridge between theory and personal experiences and between research, teaching, and learning. Through personal writing and a discussion of an intervention story, we present our experience with critical social work. The play-like structure presents the group dialog as an important medium for encouraging critical reflexivity and for reviving theoretical critical social work concepts with personal and practical meanings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-623
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • critical reflection
  • critical social work
  • performance ethnography
  • power relations
  • social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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