Support Work Relationships

Budget Holders with Intellectual Disabilities and their Support Workers

  • Deborah Luise Lutz

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About this book


Deborah Luise Lutz explores support work relationships, the relationships between people with intellectual disabilities in receipt of a personal budget and their support workers. Through the methodology of Institutional Ethnography, she specifically investigates how personal budget policies that organize support work in Germany and Australia influence support work relationships. She found that the policies of personal budgets are connected to people’s views and expectations about the support work relationship and the support work context that influence the relationship. The author argues that disability research, policy and practice need to be cognisant of this interconnection to improve the quality of support work relationships. 

• Conceptualising Support Work Relationships in the Context of Personal Budgets
• Generating a Contextual Understanding of Support Work Relationships 
• The Experiences of Support Work Relationships within the Ruling Relations 
• New Understandings of Support Work Relationships

Target Groups
• Research scholars and students of disability studies, inclusive and special education, social work and qualitative social research 
• Practitioners in the fields of social work, social governance, inclusive education and special education 

The Author
Dr. Deborah  Luise Lutz is a research fellow at the Institute for Special Education at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Personal budgets Support work Ethnographic research Ruling relations Transnational qualitative research Intellectual disabilities Communication support needs Support work relationships Institutional Ethnography Assistenz Sonderpädagogik Geistige Behinderungen Persönliche Budgets Assistenzbeziehungen

Authors and affiliations

  • Deborah Luise Lutz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Sonderpädagogik Fachbereich ErziehungswissenschaftenGoethe Universität FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-29689-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-29690-2
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