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Doing Ambivalence: Embracing Innovation – at Arm’s Length

Åkerström, Malin LU (2006) In Social Problems 53(1). p.57-74
Abstract
This article considers the social organization of responses among human service staff to changes in public policy, using a study of a Swedish treatment center for juveniles as an illustration. The stance towards a new treatment ideology, “family-work,” was not one of either accepting or rejecting the new policy; the staff conveyed both embracing and distancing. Policy innovations, it is argued, create conditions that work as a catalyst for “doing ambivalence,” an accommodative rhetoric that integrates the new and delicately express reservations.
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rhetoric, rehabilitation, youth center, sociologi, juvenile delinquents, care, organizational changes, family care, sociology
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Social Problems
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53
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1
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57 - 74
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Oxford University Press
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0037-7791
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