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dc.contributor.authorFylkesnes, Marte Knag
dc.contributor.authorIversen, Anette Christine
dc.contributor.authorNygren, Lennart
dc.PublishedFylkesnes MK, Iversen AC, Nygren L. Negotiating deficiency: Exploring ethnic minority parents' narratives about encountering child welfare services in Norway. Child & Family Social Work, 2018, 23(2): 196-203eng
dc.description.abstractEvaluating the participatory opportunities for service users within social welfare institutions is a pressing issue. In this article, we explore a group of ethnic minority parents' experiences with child welfare services (CWS) in Norway. A strong narrative theme was deficiency positioning—how lacking a Norwegian normative set of knowledge and skills challenged the parents' opportunities to participate. We analysed how deficiency positioning was perceived, negotiated, and contested in the parents' accounts, and 4 themes emerged: (a) learning to parent, (b) contesting expert knowledge, (c) learning to be a client, and (d) constructing CWS deficiency. Nancy Fraser's concept of “participatory parity” was applied to explore how current institutional structures may enable and limit parents' participation. The analysis provides insight into agencies and informants' sense‐making processes as well as the diverse resources and strategies that parents draw upon in the CWS encounter. Furthermore, we argue that an interplay between a strong focus on “parenting skills” and bureaucratic and economic structures positions ethnic minority parents as deficient, thus providing powerful mechanisms for marginalization. Implications for case work and institutional levels are discussed.en_US
dc.relation.ispartof<a href="" target="blank"> Frykt, forhandlinger og deltakelse. Ungdommer og foreldre med etnisk minoritetsbakgrunn i møte med den norske barnevernstjenesten</a>
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dc.subjectchild welfareeng
dc.subjectethnic minoritieseng
dc.titleNegotiating deficiency: Exploring ethnic minority parents' narratives about encountering child welfare services in Norwayeng
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2017 The Authorseng
dc.source.journalChild & Family Social Work

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