I wonder if anyone can point me in the
direction of any neo-colonial / post-colonial critiques of residential
child care? Much has been written about social work and post-colonialism
/ neo-colonialism but nothing as far as I can see on residential child
care in this context. This is somewhat concerning given the
rapid expansion of residential care in response to the difficulties
faced by families in poverty throughout the developing world.
Any pointers would be much appreciated.
I would point you in the direction of Richard
Mitchell and Hans Skott-Myhre :
Their research interests should have unearthed any direct research and they both have written on related themes.
Leon Fulcher's work on cultural safety also addresses these themes without directly acknowledging a post colonial perspective.
Looking forward to the other replies.
Check out this article by Sandrina deFinney,
Mackenzie Dean, Elicia Loiselle and Johanne Saraceno in the online, open
access, International Journal of Child, Youth and Family
Studies entitled, "All children are equal, but some are more equal
than others: Minoritization, structural inequties, and social justice
praxis in residential care"
Here are a couple of sentences from their abstract:
Drawing on queer, anti-racist, Indigenous, postcolonial, and feminist theories, we explore how interplaying processes of racialization, gendering, classing, and sexualization (among others) produce unequal circumstances for some groups of children and youth in residential care. We situate our critique in an analysis of two important structural forces that shape contemporary social services in the West: neoliberalism and neocolonialism.
Thanks Jeremy for referencing my work in this regard. My book Youth Subcultures as Creative Force takes a post-colonial approach to CYC