Why Do Men Care?

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This chapter will examine new research into men and professional social work. This research, which seeks to discover why men choose to enter professional social work training, contributes to a wider feminist enquiry into women and caring, and specifically addresses the question ‘Why do men care?’

The chapter is organised in three broad sections. The first section discusses how I came to be interested in a study of men, and describes my journey from work with women and research into women’s lives into a new awareness of the need for a greater understanding of the position of men in social work. The second section outlines the research I have conducted with men and women first-year social work students. The last section draws out the main themes from the research, and asks what the implications are for women and for men in terms of reaching a new feminist perspective on gender differences in social work and in caring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking with Men. Feminism and Social Work
EditorsK. Cavanagh, V. E. Cree
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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