Seeing is Believing: An Embodied Pedagogy of 'Doing Partnership' in Child and Family Health

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Practice, Learning and Change: Practice-Theory Perspectives on Professinal Learning, 2012, 1, 8 pp. 267 - 276
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This chapter examines practices of 'doing partnership' between health professionals and users or clients of a health service. The move from expert-client modes of practice to partnership modes raises an important set of questions concerning the changing nature of professional practice to more specifically include the 'other' in the defining of the key activities and enactments of practices. Partnership practice is an example of a broad set of moves within the human service sector to shift the balance of power, capacity and responsibility from a provider-consumer relationship to one of co-production (Dunston et al. 2009; Brodie et al. 2009). These moves are complex mixes of neoliberal cost-cutting efficiency measures and redesigning of relationships between citizens and government in terms of active citizenship, civic participation and entitlement in relation to services. They are widespread across the human services, from health to social care, education, housing and local govemment and are increasingly finding their way into business and management: human resource management, marketing and so on.
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