Contextualizing Care: Relational Engagement with/in Human Service Practices
by Janet Newbury
By widening our gaze to include the discursive, political, economic, and other dimensions of lived experiences, human service practitioners and policy makers can engage in practices that prioritize the well-being of all community members, recognizing social justice as central to this development. How might we expand understandings of what it can mean to engage meaningfully with children, youth, and families and the systems designed to support them?
In the pursuit of more just ways of being, deliberately paying attention to multiple stories can contribute to shifts in practice and policy that are responsive rather than prescriptive. Drawing from existing empirical research as well as personal narratives shared by community members and policy makers , this book argues that by blurring the lines between self and other, contextualizing practices, understanding change as ontological, reconceptualizing power, and recognizing justice as an ongoing and shared responsibility, we might collectively access and mobilize fruitful possibilities that are often obscured.