Controversy analysis: contributions to the radical agenda

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This chapter considers social work research methodologies and deals with the concept of ‘controversy’ in order to cultivate a critical understanding of the contemporary global landscape we are implicated within. It aims to embrace the persistence of ‘controversies’. The contemporary research method ‘controversy analysis’ is conducted as a teaching, research and public engagement strategy at Mapping Controversies on Science for Politics. The chapter examines an initial understanding of controversy analysis towards a deeper understanding of ‘conflict’ as a principal feature within any controversy. The Science and Technology Studies literature is clear; conflict remains an integral element of controversy due to the ‘hot’ locations it is situated within. The chapter explores how controversy analysis at Asylum Seeker Housing as a critical methodology enabled Pandora’s Box to open in relation to social work practice and policy as hidden issues emerged and new forms of service user engagement developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work
EditorsStephen A. Webb
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351264402
ISBN (Print)9781138578432
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


  • controversy analysis
  • no recourse to public funds


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