The oppression of single mothers generally takes specific forms in neoliberal society, because the traditional pressure associated with the female caring role is accompanied by oppression derived from their dependence on the welfare system. Social work can play an important role in this oppression because, as one of the ‘psy’ professions, it becomes a tool of surveillance of fulfilment of the female caring role and aims to discourage women from dependency on welfare system at the same time. The aim of the article is to reflect the risk of oppression of single mothers from the Czech social work in the context of the cultural policy of the neoliberal state. The surveillance technologies used by social workers were sought through the analysis of Michel Foucault’s work. It was found that the promotion of idea of human as homo oeconomicus plays a role in assessment process and in choosing the method of intervention. Other significant surveillance techniques may be the illusion of the neutral knowledge of the profession, the duty of confession and the gatekeeping.
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The mission of social work is to promote human rights, social justice and social change. One of the currents of social work, transnational feminist social work analyses complex oppression based on racism, hierarchical nationalism, class exploitation and sexist control of women in different times and locations in the era of globalization. The paper aims to reflect on inspiration that transnational feminism can offer to transnational feminist social work and possible ways of social work in the era of globalization. Transnational Feminist Social Work originated as a response to globalization; theoretically it builds on transnational social work and transnational feminism. Therefore, the author firstly introduces a new transnational definition of social work, which responds to the global situation. Then she pays attention to the inspiration that transnational feminism brings to transnational feminist social work. In conclusion, she focuses on how to implement transnational feminist social work at the macro, meso- and micro-levels.