The anti-mandate movement: motorbike helmets and neo-liberalism
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Citation:Kenkel, D. (2022). The anti-mandate movement: motorbike helmets and neo-liberalism. Auckland: Re-imagining Social Work in Aotearoa. https://reimaginingsocialwork.nz/2022/01/20/the-anti-mandate-movement-motorbike-helmets-and-neoliberalism/.
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What I am aiming to do in this piece is to connect some threads that I don’t see commonly linked and raise some questions about who benefits from the anti-mandate movement and the potential position of social work in managing our current situation. THREAD ONE – Ideologies and who benefits THREAD TWO – Twisting the perception of what is ordinary human nature THREAD THREE – A metaphor and a concern THOUGHTS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION [...] The anti-vax movement and the anti-mandate movement could very easily be seen as an opportunity to blame individuals for making poor choices. A better and wiser perspective would be to see this kind of social resistance as an unsurprising response to a generation marinated in neoliberal stories of the ability of individuals to make choices despite social context, and a generation of marginalised peoples who quite understandably have very little faith in traditional systems of state health and welfare provision.