Picture of athlete cycling

Open Access research with a real impact on health...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the Physical Activity for Health Group based within the School of Psychological Sciences & Health. Research here seeks to better understand how and why physical activity improves health, gain a better understanding of the amount, intensity, and type of physical activity needed for health benefits, and evaluate the effect of interventions to promote physical activity.

Explore open research content by Physical Activity for Health...

It's feminist because I say so: feminism, social work and critical practice in the UK

Orme, J. (2003) It's feminist because I say so: feminism, social work and critical practice in the UK. Qualitative Social Work, 2 (2). pp. 131-154. ISSN 1473-3250

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

This article explores the contribution of feminism to critical social work practice within the UK. It does so by examining a claim that social work students and practitioners have taken a simplistic stance to feminist theory: `it's feminist because I say so'. While this position might be a consequence of unease with theory within some approaches to feminism it is compounded by arrangements for social work education in the UK. It is argued that such a stance denies the complexities of feminist theory and fails to recognize some of the tensions within feminism. Identifying that in UK social work there are struggles to reconcile `standpointism' with postmodern feminism, the article uses the examples of feminist analyses of care and researching domestic violence to argue that critical practice is enriched by explorations of theoretical differences.