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A Cry for Care But not Justice: Embodied Vulnerabilities and the Moral Economy of Child Welfare
Mälardalen University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0205-5326
2020 (English)In: Affilia, ISSN 0886-1099, E-ISSN 1552-3020, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 231-245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the pivotal role of the body for political recognition and rights claims in child welfare "moral" interventions. I examine how the bodily figures in child welfare assessments, linking these manifestations to the concept of the moral economy of care. A sample of assessment reports from a Swedish municipality, all addressing violations of children's bodies or integrity, are used as empirical material. I show how the psychosomatically suffering child is being best "heard" as vulnerable. I also argue that such a moral economy of care silences children's accounts of gendered and racial injustices. Furthermore, racialized moral divides are indicated when assessments of different child bodies are considered. A concluding remark points to need for a child welfare moral economy of social justice that responds to structural intersecting injustices in childhoods, including to those of a racialized child welfare and its individualized and symptom-oriented services.   

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2020. Vol. 35, no 2, p. 231-245
Keywords [en]
child and family welfare, gender-based violence, race and ethnicity, social justice, vulnerability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Social Work Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-38085DOI: 10.1177/0886109919878272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-38085DiVA, id: diva2:1593479
Available from: 2021-09-13 Created: 2021-09-13 Last updated: 2021-09-14Bibliographically approved

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