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Gendered Social Work?

Li, Manshu LU (2011) SIMT19 20111
Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender
Abstract
This paper is an empirical study on social work in China from the gender perspective. In this paper, I will analyze how social work in China, as a relatively new career, is being interpreted and constructed under Chinese modern gender norms; at the same time, how male social workers experience work and personal life in the context of feminized social work.
There is an interesting phenomenon that many male social workers consider their job as a short-term practice rather than a long-term career. They keep considering choosing other jobs when working as social workers, and furthermore, they would rather quit even after a few years’ working when confronted with marriage. I carried out my qualitative research by interviewing eight male... (More)
This paper is an empirical study on social work in China from the gender perspective. In this paper, I will analyze how social work in China, as a relatively new career, is being interpreted and constructed under Chinese modern gender norms; at the same time, how male social workers experience work and personal life in the context of feminized social work.
There is an interesting phenomenon that many male social workers consider their job as a short-term practice rather than a long-term career. They keep considering choosing other jobs when working as social workers, and furthermore, they would rather quit even after a few years’ working when confronted with marriage. I carried out my qualitative research by interviewing eight male social workers in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to perceive their understanding and feeling of the career and found out that low wages was the key factor, which cannot fulfill social expectations on men and leads to low self-realization. As a result, the phenomenon reflects an inappropriate policy that needs adjustment during the process of social work professionalization. (Less)
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author
Li, Manshu LU
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alternative title
A Research on Male Social Workers in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone
course
SIMT19 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
social work professionalization, gender norm, marriage value, China
language
English
id
2156632
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2011-09-15 12:24:52
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  abstract     = {This paper is an empirical study on social work in China from the gender perspective. In this paper, I will analyze how social work in China, as a relatively new career, is being interpreted and constructed under Chinese modern gender norms; at the same time, how male social workers experience work and personal life in the context of feminized social work. 
There is an interesting phenomenon that many male social workers consider their job as a short-term practice rather than a long-term career. They keep considering choosing other jobs when working as social workers, and furthermore, they would rather quit even after a few years’ working when confronted with marriage. I carried out my qualitative research by interviewing eight male social workers in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to perceive their understanding and feeling of the career and found out that low wages was the key factor, which cannot fulfill social expectations on men and leads to low self-realization. As a result, the phenomenon reflects an inappropriate policy that needs adjustment during the process of social work professionalization.},
  author       = {Li, Manshu},
  keyword      = {social work professionalization,gender norm,marriage value,China},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Gendered Social Work?},
  year         = {2011},
}