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Doing ambivalence: Embracing policy 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 toward 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 subtly expresses reservations.
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Social Problems
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53
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Oxford University Press
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0037-7791
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10.1525/sp.2006.53.1.57
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English
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