How to carry out socio-spatial analyses – Research design and methods
In the German tradition of social work, the idea of a socio-spatial orientation
(Sozialraumorientierung) can be regarded as a significant conceptual reference since the early 1990s. Starting with the seminal work “Pädagogik des Jugendraums” by Böhnisch/Münchmeier (1990), a variety of approaches around the concept of sociospatial approaches were developed in theory and practice of social work.
The socio-spatial “key idea” is, that social work always “happens” within a spatial
environment. The individual situation of a client can only be fully understood in the context of his/her everyday life within the surrounding local, national and international structures. Bearing a lot of resources and possibilities, as well as potential risks, problems or uncertainties, the nearer environment of the local neighbourhoods or regions can be regarded to be of central point of reference for social workers in all the different working fields (Spatscheck 2012). In the context of such an orientation, the analyses of socio-spatial settings are becoming important and helpful tools for getting an enlarged understanding of encompassing and userrelated social diagnoses as well as of problem and resource analyses that are searching for a broader knowledge than individualising approaches (Spatscheck 2009). Therefore, sociospatial analyses can be regarded as a helpful tool for everyday social workers that are looking for a broader understanding of the life situation of their target groups and their environment
and want to integrate this perspective in their practical work.
|Keywords:||social work; social space; methods||Issue Date:||2013||Journal:||ERIS web journal||Start page:||37||End page:||41||Note:||2||Type:||Artikel/Aufsatz||ISSN:||1804-0454||Institution:||Hochschule Bremen||Faculty:||Hochschule Bremen - Fakultät Gesellschaftswissenschaften|
|Appears in Collections:||Bibliographie HS Bremen|
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