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C. ] (pause). ‘Oh, I don’t think so, because in this profession one has to be supportive and sympathetic, but I mean the majority of our clients are women anyway. ] ‘Well I can speak for the South Asian women, find it much easier to talk about personal issues to a female rather than a man, certain things could be affecting them but they can’t come out and that is why I think, yes, a woman would be more approachable than a man. I worked with a social work assistant who was a South Asian male, and my clients still faced a problem, allowing him in the house, they wouldn’t want a man to knock on the door and come in and if it was a woman it would have been easier for both.

The accounts are numbered sequentially and at the end of the first extract from a new speaker their ‘ethnic origin’ is given in brackets. a. ’ (African-Caribbean) Already there are a number of interesting factors being brought into play here. There is the immediate invocation of ‘experience’ as the privileged element defining black women’s specificity, but importantly this ‘experience’ is situated in a social and geographical space where having to cope with a variety of ‘problems’ is foregrounded.

Her reference to the tenuous nature of the role/status of ‘social worker’ contrasted to the enduring subject position of ‘black person’ is how she introduces racism. This of course points to one of the principal features of societies structured in ‘race’; that is, the tenacity and pervasive character of racial ascriptions and identifications. For this woman, it is this which speaks to a ‘core’ ‘self’, while a ‘self’ constituted through an occupation is vulnerable because it is invisible in most situations and contexts.

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