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Sexuality and the ‘relations of ruling’: using institutional ethnography to research lesbian and gay foster care and adoption

Hicks, S 2009, 'Sexuality and the ‘relations of ruling’: using institutional ethnography to research lesbian and gay foster care and adoption' , Social Work & Society, 7 (2) , pp. 234-245.

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Abstract

This article makes use of institutional ethnography to research foster care and adoption by lesbians and gay men, drawing on the work of the feminist sociologist Dorothy E. Smith in order to demonstrate the investigation of social work institutional categories and the ‘relations of ruling’. Through an analysis of the ways in which ‘gender’ and the idea of the ‘gender role model’ is used within the assessment of gay and lesbian foster carers and adopters, the author shows how these categories are produced and used to police relationship forms and to identify ‘deviant instances’.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work & Society
Publisher: Social Work & Society
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1613-8953
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 10:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14939

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