Who Else is in the Room? the Good Mother Myth in the Social Worker-Mother Client Encounter

Hagit Sinai-Glazer

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A fundamental dyad in public social services is woman to woman. In Israeli public social services, it is often mother to mother. This multi-faceted encounter is complex and in this theoretical article I wish to deconstruct and situate the social worker-mother encounter in a broader context, a social-cultural-national one. Taking a feminist perspective, I will explore how the personal and private social worker-mother encounter is a political and public one. Analysing western ideologies of the 'Good Mother' together with those of the Israeli-Jewish mother, this article aims to develop a theoretical understanding of macro mechanisms that shape the social worker-mother encounter. Being conscious about what influences that encounter might benefit social work clients, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-367
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • 'Good Mother' myth
  • Social work
  • ecological system analysis
  • motherhood
  • social worker-mother client encounter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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