Uva Falla Ramírez
Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Colombia


Micro-physics defines power as the set of power relations tending, by their own rationale, to operate whether through active forces exerting power upon others or through reactive forces receiving that power. Thus, this paper intends to show how intervention in social work is a place where forces of affinity, opposition, active forces, passive forces, forces affecting and being affected, forces driving, that is, forces establishing other ways to behave, in ceaseless interaction, are presented here, as setting up a network of force relations. Since for Foucault the question on power is not about what it is, but how it works, our aim is to see how those forces operate at our professional practice, and how they came to be established in public policy as a mechanism ruling bodies themselves. Bodies referred to social worker, user, citizen or public policy beneficiaries, entities, businesses or NGO’s, who relate each other at a professional setting, thereby setting up force relations.

Keywords: social work, professional intervention, form of power-knowledge, subject of power, form of resistance, force relations.