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Powerful discourses for social service: A feminist poststructural and action inquiry

Bev Gatenby (Social Services Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
Karen Morrison Hume (Anglican Action, Aotearoa, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



Describes an action research project in a church affiliated, community‐based social service organisation in Aotearoa, New Zealand, in which feminist and poststructural discourse theory is drawn on to examine collaboratively the discourses available and impinging upon the work of staff developing a residential service for women and children. Managerial, psychology and human rights discourses dominated the possibilities for the work. Some staff chose to resist these by articulating and positioning themselves within social justice, communitarian and liberation theology discourses.



Gatenby, B. and Morrison Hume, K. (2004), "Powerful discourses for social service: A feminist poststructural and action inquiry", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 269-280.



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