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Den mångdimensionella makten: En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares upplevelse av sin maktposition i arbetet med försörjningsstöd
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The multidimensional power : A qualitative study of social secretaries’ experience of their position of power in the work with economic assistance (English)
Abstract [sv]

I den här uppsatsen var syftet att undersöka socialsekreterares upplevelse av sin maktposition. Studien bygger på åtta kvalitativa intervjuer med socialsekreterare som arbetar med försörjningsstöd. Vår teoretiska utgångspunkt vid analysen av resultatet var makt, pastoralmakt och rollteori. Studien visar att de intervjuade socialsekreterarna upplever att deras yrkesroll medför att de hamnar i en maktposition i förhållande till klienten. Det är socialtjänstens system och lagstiftning som reglerar deras makt. Organisationen har stort förtroende och höga förväntningar på socialsekreterarnas yrkesroll, vilket leder till att de har en omfattande delegation i systemet. Socialsekreterarna upplever att de har stora möjligheter att påverka både sin arbetssituation och sitt beslutsfattande i klientärenden. Den maktposition som de anser sig ha kan ibland vara svår att hantera eftersom den medför vissa etiska dilemman. Trots att det finns svårigheter med maktpositionen så upplevs den framförallt som positiv. Socialsekreterarna menar att de genom sin makt har stora möjligheter att utföra hjälparbete med klienten. De har makten att styra klienten och hjälpa dem förändra sin livssituation. I resultatet framkommer att socialsekreterarnas makt är mångdimensionell och att de kan uppleva den varierande beroende på hur de hanterar den i sitt arbete.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay has been to examine social workers’ experience of the position of power. The study is based on eight qualitative interviews with social workers who work with economic assistance. Our theoretical starting-point in the analysis of the result was power, pastoral power and role theory. The study shows that the interviewed social secretaries experience that their professional role entail a position of power in relation to the client. Their power is regulated by the legislation and the social services system. The organization has great confidence and high expectations on the professional role of social secretaries which lead to a comprehensive delegation in the system. The social secretaries experience that they have great possibility to influence both their work situation and the decision making in client cases. The position of power that they consider themselves having can sometimes be difficult to manage because it involves some ethical dilemmas. Although there are difficulties with the position of power, it is above all perceived as positive. The social secretaries explain that their power gives them great potential to perform aid work. They have the power to control the client and help them change their situation in life. The result shows that social secretaries power is multidimensional and that their experience of it can vary depending on how they handle it in their work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Social secretary, power, professional role, economic assistance, aid work.
Keyword [sv]
Socialsekreterare, makt, yrkesroll, försörjningsstöd, hjälparbete.
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31445OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31445DiVA: diva2:696451
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2014-03-31 Created: 2014-02-13 Last updated: 2014-03-31Bibliographically approved

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