How do social workers negotiate the difficult terrain of an emergent nationalist populism and how do they unravel the ethical and often deeply politicised dilemmas this poses in the face of insurgent far-right movements? The tensions and dilemmas are particularly acute when case working with migrants, refugees and Roma people. Here social workers are often involved in “bordering practices” and as gatekeepers faced with stark ethical dilemmas and politically nuanced tensions. Immigration raises cultural and security concerns as well as fears of economic displacement, and it weakens the legitimacy of transnational institutions This chapter shows how much of the populist hatred and violence towards Roma and migrants - a dehumanising strategy - is conveyed through visceral representations of disgust, filth and dirt. Moreover, social work as a form of negative protection is increasingly securitised and entangled with populist drives for ‘useful’ and ‘economically active’ citizenship which is prejudicially juxtaposed against images of dirty and lazy people.
|Title of host publication||The Challenge of Right-wing Nationalist Populism for Social Work|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Human Rights Approach|
|Editors||Carolyn Noble, Goetz Ottmann|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2020|
|Name||Routledge Advances in Social Work|
- social work
- national populism
Kourova, E., & Webb, S. A. (2020). “They live like animals”: migrants, Roma and national populism. In C. Noble, & G. Ottmann (Eds.), The Challenge of Right-wing Nationalist Populism for Social Work: A Human Rights Approach (Routledge Advances in Social Work ). Routledge .