The Politics of Ethics in Human Services: Dueling Discourses

TitleThe Politics of Ethics in Human Services: Dueling Discourses
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWeinberg, M
JournalEthics and Behavior
Date Published2018
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsDISCOURSE , epistemology , ethics , Human , NARRATIVES , Politics , Practical , reviews , theory , United
AbstractHow ethics in human services is a political activity, shaping social relationships, is explored through the examination of two opposing discourses, a principle-based and a situated/relational narrative. Factors such as neo-liberalism, managerialism, and the risk-aversive society give a context for the reasons that the principle-based discourse has been the predominant influence, and what interests are served by this trope taking center stage. A delineation and critique of both perspectives are provided, including an explanation of the epistemological underpinnings of these discourses. The piece ends with what needs to be done to strengthen ethics.
NotesWeinberg, Merlinda 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: School of Social Work, Dalhousie University; Source Info: Aug/Sep2018, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p497; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: THEORY of knowledge; Subject Term: PRACTICAL politics; Subject Term: NARRATIVES; Subject Term: REVIEWS; Author-Supplied Keyword: discourse; Author-Supplied Keyword: epistemology; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: human services; Author-Supplied Keyword: politics; Company/Entity: UNITED States. Dept. of Health & Human Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923120 Administration of Public Health Programs; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article