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dc.contributorDepartment of Applied Social Sciencesen_US
dc.creatorLit, Siu-wai-
dc.publisherHong Kong Polytechnic University-
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_US
dc.titleSo different and yet so common : institutional contexts and narrative approachen_US
dcterms.abstractThis thesis represents a record of my narrative journeys of discovery as well as being a reflective account of an exploratory study, using the narrative approach in therapeutic, educational and community institutional contexts respectively. The central concern of that study was to explore whether the use of the narrative approach allows for the creation of an emancipatory, liberating and enabling space that is conducive to evolving narratives that allow multiple voices and transformation in social work practice. This journey was inspired by three critical personal experiences, leading me beyond self-searching, self-dialogue and self-discovery into a critical reflection about dominant social work institutional practices and a search for their ontological and epistemological implications hindering or enabling transformative and emancipatory future practice. The first Chapter offers an account of my heuristic entry into this thesis through the personal encounters with three perplexing and complex experiences, leading to my ‘letting go’ of the known and familiar and thus paving the way for further explorations in the second Chapter. This Chapter includes the construction of an ontological and epistemological framework in support of my later explorations in the use of the narrative approach in three distinct institutional contexts relevant for social work practice. Chapter Three, then, examines how historical and recent changes within the broad local/societal/institutional contexts have re-written the foundational conditions of social work practice in Hong Kong. Chapters Four to Six represent the data chapters that explore the conditions, structures and processes that need to be created to enlarge the liberating space in the selected institutional contexts; I also focus on the ways I needed to negotiate my role and participation in the concrete settings of the three institutional so that they may become more conducive for rich narratives to evolve and that can make a difference to the stories people tell about themselves and which are constitutive of their very lives and relationships. The final Chapter summaries the trajectory of my discoveries and develops suggestions on how the use of the narrative approach could create a more emancipatory and liberating social work practice by abandoning the desire for a single, homogenous context for all human lives and for finding solutions to (assumed) problems; by appreciating that life is to be fashioned in a fluid process of becoming who one is and by showing concern for and interest in how people’s lives are created; and by bringing back the voices of persons that are virtually absent in the institutional discourse through our every encounter with them, looking at this process as a mutual construction that can make differences in the way people tell their stories and hence live their lives.en_US
dcterms.extentvii, 294 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.en_US
dcterms.isPartOfPolyU Electronic Thesesen_US
dcterms.educationalLevelAll Doctorateen_US
dcterms.LCSHHong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertationsen_US
dcterms.LCSHNarration (Rhetoric) -- Psychological aspects.en_US
dcterms.LCSHContext effects (Psychology)en_US
dcterms.LCSHCounseling -- Techniqueen_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US

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