Doing ambivalence: Embracing policy innovation - At arm's length
Summary, in English
This article considers the social organization of responses among human service staff to changes in public policy, using a study of a Swedish treatment center for juveniles as an illustration. The stance toward a new treatment ideology, "family-work," was not one of either accepting or rejecting the new policy; the staff conveyed both embracing and distancing. Policy innovations, it is argued, create conditions that work as a catalyst for "doing ambivalence, " an accommodative rhetoric that integrates the new and subtly expresses reservations.