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Article: Local worker discretion within non-governmental organisations: social integration, social control, or innovation?

TitleLocal worker discretion within non-governmental organisations: social integration, social control, or innovation?
Authors
Keywordsstreet-level bureaucrats
Non-governmental organisations
migrants
Hong Kong
China
Issue Date2016
Citation
China Journal of Social Work, 2016, v. 9, n. 3, p. 238-256 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This paper focuses on the dynamics of frontline organisational practice and examines how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) act as an intermediary between people and the state. It explores how workers in NGOs in the Pearl River Delta are responding to the needs of local migrant populations including rural-to-urban migrants and foreigners within mainland China, cross-border ‘new arrival’ Chinese and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. We examine how government policy imperatives that relate to (im)migrants within the wider region are operationalised in strategic and direct practice, drawing on the theory of street-level bureaucracy to guide the analysis of primary data collected in two cities (Hong Kong and Guangzhou) during 2014. Key findings provide evidence of discretionary agency in both locations although the broader scope for an agency is evident in Hong Kong than Guangzhou. Implications for future practice are discussed within the context of increasingly restrictive political and social environment within the region.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/239778
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.259

 

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dc.contributor.authorJordan, Lucy P.-
dc.contributor.authorChui, Cheryl-
dc.contributor.authorWu, Qiaobing-
dc.contributor.authorWang, Wei-
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-03T02:41:24Z-
dc.date.available2017-04-03T02:41:24Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationChina Journal of Social Work, 2016, v. 9, n. 3, p. 238-256-
dc.identifier.issn1752-5098-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/239778-
dc.description.abstract© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This paper focuses on the dynamics of frontline organisational practice and examines how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) act as an intermediary between people and the state. It explores how workers in NGOs in the Pearl River Delta are responding to the needs of local migrant populations including rural-to-urban migrants and foreigners within mainland China, cross-border ‘new arrival’ Chinese and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. We examine how government policy imperatives that relate to (im)migrants within the wider region are operationalised in strategic and direct practice, drawing on the theory of street-level bureaucracy to guide the analysis of primary data collected in two cities (Hong Kong and Guangzhou) during 2014. Key findings provide evidence of discretionary agency in both locations although the broader scope for an agency is evident in Hong Kong than Guangzhou. Implications for future practice are discussed within the context of increasingly restrictive political and social environment within the region.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofChina Journal of Social Work-
dc.rightsPreprint: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI]. Postprint: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI].-
dc.subjectstreet-level bureaucrats-
dc.subjectNon-governmental organisations-
dc.subjectmigrants-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.titleLocal worker discretion within non-governmental organisations: social integration, social control, or innovation?-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17525098.2017.1254717-
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dc.identifier.hkuros267043-
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dc.identifier.volume9-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage238-
dc.identifier.epage256-
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