This chapter begins to explore the process of gender construction in the social work office, by focusing on working with women. Chapter 5 addresses working with men. There are many dimensions of gender construction in occupational culture that could be explored, including ethnomethodological study of talk about men and women, and detailed analysis of how accounts of clients are constructed for particular audiences. In this chapter I present an overview of social workers’ expressed opinions about women in collegial talk, research interviews and case records. At the end of the chapter I identify some defining discourses of femininity.
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