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Contextualizing Not-Knowing: Terminology and the Role of Professional Identity
Child & Youth Services (2008)
  • Ben Anderson-Nathe, Portland State University
This chapter provides a context for the concept of not-knowing, including a discussion of how the concept was framed. The experience of not-knowing in professional youth work is framed in relationship to other concepts explored by the social work and therapeutic literature (including vicarious trauma, helplessness, secondary trauma, and burnout), as well as those offered by the limited youth work and nursing literature discussing similar concepts (disruption and hurt, suffering, commitment in spite of conflict, and the struggle to go along when you do not believe). The standing of youth work in the professions and its own struggles to professionalize are explored, with attention to how not-knowing affects and is affected by these efforts.
  • Social workers -- United States,
  • Social work with children -- United States
Publication Date
September 7, 2008
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2008) Taylor & Francis
Citation Information
Ben Anderson-Nathe. "Contextualizing Not-Knowing: Terminology and the Role of Professional Identity" Child & Youth Services Vol. 30 Iss. 1-2 (2008)
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