Qualitative Social Work
Social Work education
This reflexive essay examines the adoption of an intentional ‘ethic of care’ by social work administrators in a large social work school located in the Pacific Northwest. An ethic of care foregrounds networks of human interdependence that collapse the public/private divide. Moreover, rooted in the political theory of recognition, a care ethic responds to crisis by attending to individuals’ uniqueness and ‘whole particularity.’ Foremost, it rejects indifference. Through the personal recollections of one academic administrator, the impact of rejecting indifference in spring term 2020 is described. The essay concludes by linking the rejection of indifference to the national political landscape.
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Bryson, S. A. (2021). An ethic of care? Academic administration and pandemic policy. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2), 632–638. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020973386