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Neo-colonial/post colonial critiques of residential child care

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 rapidexpansion of residential care in response to the difficulties faced by families in poverty throughout the developing world.

Any pointers would be much appreciated.

Neil McMillan

Hi Neil,

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.
Jeremy Millar

Hi Neil,

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 inequities, 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.

Jennifer White

Thanks Jeremy for referencing my work in this regard. My book Youth Subcultures as Creative Force takes a post-colonial approach to CYC

Hans Skott-Myhre

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