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Title: Conjuncture and cultural reproduction in the process of embedding: Social work practice in the context of government purchase of services in China
Author(s): Tsui, Ming Sum 
Author(s): Wei, A.
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: China Journal of Social Work 
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Start page: 18
End page: 40
This paper focuses on the Chinese government’s policy of purchasing social services and discusses how relevant organisations provide social work and develop it within local socio-political and cultural contexts. An ethnographic research method was adopted for the study by the first author while participating in social work development in Q City. We argue that the policy of purchasing social services succeeded in achieving “embedded development” but also created a “conjuncture structure” in cultural reproduction. However, due to professional social workers in China have, in practice, passively responded to the conjuncture there has been a failure to reproduce professional values of social work in the Chinese cultural context. Therefore, further development of social work in China needs to strengthen cultural reflection in practical actions, focus on the exploration of cultural connections between social work practice and local communities, and enhance the cultural capacity of social workers in the local cultural context.

DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2018.1512365
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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