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To post or not to post? Perceptions of the use of a closed Facebook group as a networked public space

Neil Ballantyne, Simon Lowe, Liz Beddoe  The expansion of social media is associated with rapid growth in digital spaces for civic engagement and deliberative democratic discussion.  Yet while these networked public spaces offer many possibilities for engagement and interaction, the … Continue reading

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Understanding decision-making variability in child welfare – a current research project

Emily Keddell and Ian Hyslop  Decision-making across the spectrum of child welfare services is to say the least, complicated. Studies time and again find that decisions to refer to statutory services, to accept notifications, to substantiate them, and to proceed … Continue reading

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A call for papers: “Child protection, the family and the state: Critical responses in neoliberal times”

The editorial function of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work journal will be carried out by a newly formed editorial collective. The foundation collective comprises Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe,   Yvonne Crichton-Hill , Anaru Eketone, Ian Hyslop, Emily Keddell, Simon Lowe, Jane … Continue reading

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Making a moral panic—welfare reform, racism and ‘feral families’ in New Zealand: Doing the work of the state?

 Liz Beddoe In a comment on story NZ Herald, 6-3-13 an Auckland resident said: “A quarter of all Kiwi children are raised in families/whanau/fanau where cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and drugs come first. Three generations of state sponsored dysfunction has made … Continue reading

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Race, gender, class: The ‘bad mother’ and child abuse in media reporting

‘News’ is instantaneous in the information age. Interactive webpages for all forms of mass media and social networking mean that we can all co-produce ‘news’. The lines blur between journalism and ‘opinion’. Child deaths understandably become the focus of enormous … Continue reading

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