Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

Professor Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

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  • scrabtree at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professor of Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Royal London House R206, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Biography

I am a professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Social Work in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. I am a co-convenor for the cross-BU Women’s Academic Network. Previous roles include Head of Sociology, Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy and Chair of the International Strategy Group. I am both a sociologist and established UK-qualified, social work academic with a long-standing international career behind me prior to joining BU in 2007. My academic interests reflect an abiding and deep fascination with culture, diversity, gender and faith. I have published widely in all my research areas. Recent research work includes indigeneous people in Malaysia under ecological threat. I have published on mental health issues in Southeast Asia and racism towards minority ethnic communities in Hong Kong. I am interested in faith, social change and social welfare in the Middle East and am the main author of the first European book on Islam and social work. I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Work, Sociology & Social Policy and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Critical Studies in Socio-Cultural Diversity’ under Whiting & Birch Publishers...

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Research

My research work is primarily focused on diversity, vulnerability, marginalised groups and unheard voices – and I am particularly well known for my ethnographic studies in these diverse socio-religio-cultural domains.

My current research focuses variously on indigenous people in Malaysia under ecological threat; an extensive ethnographic, cross-cultural study of women and religion; a historiographic study of missionary nurses in the twentieth century; and research ethics.

Journal Articles

Books

Chapters

  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2016. ‘River! that in silence windest’ The place of religion and spirituality in social work assessment: sociological reflections and practical implications. In: Spatscheck, C., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., eds. Methods & Methodologies of Social Work: Reflecting professional intervention. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Parker, J., Crabtree, S.A. and Azman, A., 2016. Treading the long path: Social work education in Malaysia. Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education. 84-95.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2016. Social work with Muslim communities: Treading a Critical Path Over the Crescent Moon. In: Crisp, B., ed. Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work. London: Routledge.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2015. Development as eradication: The pillage of the Jakun 'people's bank' of Tasik Chini, Pahang. In: Hood, S. and Alias, A., eds. The Orang Asli Traditional Knowledge. Selangor, Malaysia: Universiti Kebangsaan Press.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2015. Reclaiming romance: The moral quest to excavate the hidden voice of the oppressed. In: Egay, K., Sophia, S. and Hew, C.S., eds. Beyond Romance: Reflections on Research in Sarawak. Kuching, Sarawak: UNIMAS Press.
  • Davey, J., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2015. Research with indigenous cultures: Kinship care as Ubuntu. In: Ashencaen Crabtree, S., ed. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation: A European Perspective. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2014. Problematising active ageing: A theoretical excursus into the sociology of ageing for social work practice. In: Gomez Jimenez, M.L. and Parker, J., eds. Active Ageing? Perspectives from Europe on a much vaunted topic. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2014. Religion, Islam and active ageing. In: Gomez Jimenez, M.L. and Parker, J., eds. Active Ageing: Perspectives from Europe on a much vaunted topic. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2014. Dancing with Shadows: Towards an appreciation of the fluidity of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practices. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation and Otherness: a European perspective. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2014. Research within indigenous cultures: Kinship care as Ubuntu. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation and Otherness: a European perspective.. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2014. Islamophobia and the Manichean constructions of the ‘Other’: a contemporary European problem. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation and Otherness: a European perspective. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2014. Introduction to and conceptual encapsulation of the Second Erasmus SocNet edited collection. Diversity and the Processes of Marginalisation and Otherness: a European perspective. London: Publisher.
  • HEW, C.S. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2012. The Islamic resurgence in Malaysia and the implications for multiculturalism. In: Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., eds. The Cup, The Gun and the Crescent: Social Welfare and Civil Unrest in Muslim societies. London: Whiting & Birch, 82-100.
  • Baba, I., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2011. Future indicative, past imperfect: a cross cultural comparison of social work education in Malaysia and England. In: Stanley, S., ed. Social Work Education in Countries of the East: Issues and Challenges. New York: Nova, 276-301.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2011. Soziale Arbeit mit Migranten in Grossbritannien. In: Kunz, T. and Puhl, R., eds. Arbeitsfeld Interkulturalität: Grundlagen, Methoden und Praxisansätze der Sozialen Arbeit in der Zuwanderungsgesellschaft. Weinheim: Juventa Verlag.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Williams, R., 2009. Inclusive Education and Children with Disabilities in the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States. In: Mazawi, A.E. and Sultana, R.G., eds. World Yearbook of Education 2010: Education and the Arab 'World' Political Projects, Struggles and Geometrics of Power. Abingdon, England: Routledge, 196-213.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2007. Madness and the Hegemony of Healing: The Legacy of Colonial Psychiatry in Sarawak. In: Hew, C.S., ed. Village Mothers, City Daughters. Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2003. The gendered asylum: Malaysian women in psychiatric care. World Federation for Mental Health Biennial Congress: Proceedings. World Federation for Mental Health.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Chong, G., 2001. Standing at the crossroads: mental health in Malaysia since independence. In: Haque, A., ed. Mental Health Issues in Malaysia, Issues and Concerns. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 21-32.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2001. A multicultural montage: Perspectives from care-giving families in Sarawak. In: Haque, A., ed. Mental Health Issues in Malaysia, Issues and Concerns. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 147-162.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2000. Generic policies, gendered practices: psychiatric care in Kuching, Malaysia. Sixth Biennial Borneo Research Conference: Proceedings. Malaysia: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
  • Spatscheck, C., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 1982. Methods and methodologies of social work: An introduction. In: Spatscheck, C., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., eds. Methods & Methodologies of Social Work: Reflecting professional intervention. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and wood, M.. The Social Construction of Juvenile Delinquency and Social Welfare Responses to Youth Justice in the United Arab Emirates. In: Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Parker, J. and Azman, A., eds. The Cup, The Gun and the Crescent: Social Welfare and Civil Unrest in Muslim societies. London: Whiting & Birch.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J.. Embroidered lives and tapestries of violence. The Cup, The Gun and the Crescent: Social Welfare and Civil Unrest in Muslim societies.. London: Whiting & Birch.

Conferences

  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2016. Ethnographic Research as Social Work Practice: A problematised study of socio-cultural tensions and conflicts experienced by the Orang Asli communities of Tasik Chini, Malaysia. In: JSWEC Global and UK Perspectives on Generic Social Work Education, Research and Practice 13-15 July 2016 Open University, Milton Keynes. 62-63.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2016. Ethnography and social justice among the Indigenous Poeples of Malaysia. In: invited lecture 5 May 2016 Màlaga, Spain.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Calvin Thomas, G. and Parker, J., 2014. The sustainability of UK post-colonial social work practice opportunities in Malaysia. In: Education for Sustainable Development, 2nd International Conference 10 February-11 September 2009 Bournemouth UK.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2014. Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental helth'. In: 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences 5-10 August 2013 Manchester.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2014. Terrorism and social work: perceptions of what social workers need to know. In: Social Work Congress 9-12 July 2014 Melbourne.
  • Parker, J., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Azman, A., 2014. What Western students can learn from Asian placements: A case study and theorisation. In: Ellta 17-19 November 2014 Penang, Malaysia.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2013. Religion, Islam and active ageing. In: Erasmus SocNet International University Week 23-27 April 2012 Malaga Spain.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2013. Islamophobia and the Manichean Constructions of 'Other'. In: Erasmus SocNet International University Week 22-26 April 2013 Bournemouth UK.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2012. Problematising international placements as a site of intercultural learning. In: Social work research in local, national and international contexts: the challenges of comparison and generalisation 22-24 March 2012 Basel, Switzerland. Basel: University of Applied Sciences and Arts, NorthWest Switzerland, 98-99.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2012. Religion, Islam and active ageing. In: FEST Erasmus International Week 22-29 April 2012 University of Malaga, Spain.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2012. Problematising active ageing: a theoretical excursus into the sociology of ageing for social work practice in Europe and South East Asia. In: FEST Erasmus International Week 'Challenges for Seniors on Active Ageing' 23-29 April 2012 University of Malaga, Spain.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2012. Problematising international placements as a site of intercultural learning. In: European Social Work Research Conference 22-24 March 2012 Basel Switzerland.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2011. What's it got to do with me? Internationalisation of the social work curriculum for global citizenship. In: International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship, 4th 8-9 September 2011 Bournemouth University, Poole, England.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2011. Fish need Bicycles: The experiences of male social work students. In: Ethnicity, Gender, Class: Diversity and Social Work in 21st Century Europe, 13th International University Week 4-8 April 2011 Waterford, Ireland.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2011. Fish need Bicycles: Gender relations and male social work students. In: 9th International Practice Teaching Conference 11-13 April 2011 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2011. Fish Need Bicycles: The experience of male social work students. In: Erasmus SocNet International University Week 11-15 April 2011 Waterford Ireland.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2011. West meets East: Learning and transition in social work placement education. In: Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education: Exploring new frontiers 16-17 June 2011 University of Warwick, Warwick, England. York: Higher Education Academy /UK Council for International Student Affairs, 37-38.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Parker, J., 2010. International social work practice education in the context of post-colonial social welfare settings in Malaysia. In: 8th International Teaching Practice Conference: Sustaining practice learning in a turbulent place 12-14 April 2008 Bournemouth, England.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2009. A Muslim perspective on health. In: BAAF Adoption & Fostering 5 October 2009 London.
  • Calvin Thomas, G., Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2009. The sustainability of UK post-colonial social work practice opportunities in Malaysia. In: Education for Sustainable Development: Graduates as Global Citizens, 2nd International Conference 10-11 September 2007 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2008. The Islamic perspective in social work practice education: A personal and professional journey. In: 8th International Teaching Practice Conference 18-20 June 2008 York St Johns, UK.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2008. The Islamic perspective in social work practice and education: a personal and professional journey. In: 8th International Teaching Practice Conference: Sustaining practice learning in a turbulent place 12-14 April 2008 Bournemouth, England.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2008. Dislocated encounters: reflexive musings on lived and constructed oppressions. In: 7th Qualitative Research Conference 8-10 September 2008 Bournemouth University, England.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Karim, A. and Al Siade, R., 2004. Care-giving families of children with learning disabilities in Sharjah, UAE. In: Dubai Rehabilitation Conference 24-27 January 2004 Dubai UAE.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Abdul Karim, M. and Al Siade, R., 2004. Care-giving familes of children with learning disabilities in Sharjah, UAE. In: Dubai International Rehabilitation Conference 24-27 January 2004 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Research Symposium Proceedings.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2004. The citizenship agenda: the role of social work and people with learning disabilities in the UAE. In: Dubai International Rehabilitation Conference 24-27 January 2004 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai, UAE: Research Symposium Proceedings.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2003. The gendered society: Malaysian women in psychiatric care. In: World Federation for Mental Health Biennial Congess 21-26 February 2003 Melbourne.
  • Wong, C.M., Ashencaen Crabtree, S., Noh, K.M., Matusop, A. and Masud, F., 2000. Community participation through participatory action research in a dengue prevention programme in rural Malaysia. In: 128th Annual Meetiing of APHA (American Public Health Associaton) 12-16 November 2000 Boston, MA, USA. Boston, MA, USA: American Public Health Associaton.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2000. Perceptions of mental health outreach services in Sarawak. In: 3rd Malaysian Mental Health Conference 2000 Kuching, East Malaysia.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2000. Generic policies, gendered practices: Psychiatric care in Kuching. In: Sixth Biennial Borneo Research Conference 2000 2000 Kuching, East Malaysia.
  • Chong, G. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 1997. Citizenship and people with mental illness in Malaysia. In: First International Conference on Malaysian Studies 11-13 August 1997 Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences.CD Rom.
  • Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Chong, G., 1997. Carers’ Perceptions of CPN Services in Sarawak, Malaysia. In: World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health: Cornerstones for Mental Health 6-11 July 1997 Lahti and Helsinki, Finland. Book of Abstracts. World Congress of Mental Health.
  • Chong, G. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 1997. Citizenship and people with mental illness in Malaysia. In: First International Conference on Malaysian Studies 11-13 August 1997 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Reports

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Melsia Tomlin-Kraftner (PhD ‘I Look Like My Gran But Really, Who Am I?’ The dynamics of an expanding Mixed Heritage Society, Family History and the African Caribbean Diaspora)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Values & Ethics. MA SW@BU

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Ethnographic of Crime & Policing
  • Seekers, Believers & Iconoclasts: Sociology of Thought (Soc+ @ BU)
  • Health & Society (Soc+ @ BU)
  • History of Social Welfare (Soc+ @ BU)
  • Introduction to Social Research

Invited Lectures

  • Asset Mapping & Participatory Rural Appraisal (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 28 Feb 2014)
  • Modern Day Ethnographies on the Orang Asli of Tasik Chini’ (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 6 March 2014)
  • Social Work and Human Rights’ (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 28 March 2014)
  • Reflecting on Mental Health Issues in Malaysia’ (Universiti Kebangssan Malaysia 24 March 2014)
  • ‘Mental Health care in Malaysia: Service User Experiences’ (Universiti Utara Malaysia 28 April 2014)
  • ‘Mental Health care in Malaysia: Service User Experiences’ (Universiti Sains Malaysia 30 April 2014)
  • From Pandan to Pandol: Towards an Ethnography and Narrative Study of Modern Day Disadvantage Among the Orang Asli (From Pandan to Pandol: Towards an Ethnography and Narrative Study of Modern Day Disadvantage Among the Orang Asli (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak 17 June 2014)
  • Reviewing Social Work Values & Ethics in the Light of Global, Professionalized Standards and Definitions (Universiti Sains Malaysia, 24 June 2014)
  • Social Work training: assessments & values & ethics (Myanmar Education & Development for Social Work) 1-2 July 2014
  • World Social Work Day lecture. Hong Kong University (18 March 2014)
  • Internationalising higher education: creating a globally interconnected society (HEA) (Jan 2015)
  • Building Peace Through Knowledge: A Palestinian-Israeli Project (Ben Gurion University) (April 2015)
  • 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Research (Manchester, 2013)
  • 8th International Teaching Practice Conference (York St Johns, 2008)
  • British Association of Adoption & Fostering (London) 2008

Grants

  • An investigation of perceived anxiety and stress in the student body (BU seedcorn, 01 Jan 2015). Awarded
  • BU and Colombian Partnership Development (Fusion Investment Fund, BU, 01 Aug 2014). Awarded
  • Ethnography of the Orang Asli communities of Tasik Chini, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Ministry of Education & Ministry of Environment, Malaysia, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • Enable: Establishing Sustainable Research Networks and Building Learning Environments (Fusion Investment Fund, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • Ethnographic work with the Orang Asli at Tasik Chini (Tasik Chini Research Centre, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • 10 Inspiring Women, Women’s Academic Network (Fusion Investment Fund, BU, 01 Aug 2013). Awarded
  • STEEP: Student talent, employability and engagement programme (Fusion I Fund, BU, 01 Jan 2013). Awarded
  • Male students in social work education (Higher Education Academy (HEA), 01 Nov 2012). Awarded
  • Ignite: Evaluation of a social project (British Churches Housing Association (BCHA), 01 Aug 2012). Awarded
  • Male students in social work education (HEA, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • STEEP: Student Talent, Employability & Engagement Programme (BU, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • The Nearness of Distant Conflict (BU, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association Ignite: an evaluation of a social employability programme (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, 01 Jan 2012). Awarded
  • WAVE: Working with adults who are vulnerable – a comparison of curricula, policies and constructions (International Association of Schools of Social Work, 01 Sep 2010). Awarded
  • British Council student exchange research (British Council, 05 May 2009). Awarded
  • Mobility funding for development of international links in Malaysia (BU Centre for Global Perspectives, 01 Jan 2009). Awarded
  • Teaching social work in health and mental health: An East-West appraisal (International Association of Schools of Social Work, 01 Jan 2006). Awarded
  • Teaching social work in health and mental health: An East-West Appraisal (IASSW, 01 Jan 2006). Awarded
  • An interdisciplinary ecological study of the family structure and culture in the United Arab Emirates (Zayed University, 01 Jan 2005). Awarded
  • A Strengths-Based Ethnographic Study of Low-Income Pakistani Families in Hong Kong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, 01 Jan 2005). Awarded
  • Care-giving families of children with learning disabilities in Sharjah, UAE (Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services & Zayed University, 01 Jan 2003). Awarded
  • Dengue Prevention in Sarawak Malaysia (IRPA & WHO, 01 Jan 1998). Awarded
  • Dengue prevention in Sarawak (IRPA, 01 Jan 1998). Awarded
  • Social Integration & Mental Health in Sarawak, Malaysia (UNIMAS, 01 Jan 1997). Awarded
  • Paradigms of Healing in the Context of Contemporary & Traditional Healing Practice in Kuching, Sarawak, (UNIMAS, 01 Jan 1989). Awarded

External Responsibilities

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Member of Advisory Board Myanmar Education for Development and Social Work (MEDSW)
  • Trainer in counselling skills for experienced palliative care staff (Malaysian Health Authorities, 1997-1999)
  • Established a social work post at the Normah Hospital (in assoc with Mayo Clinic) Malaysia (2000-2001)
  • Setting up and training of a community counselling service for the Kuching Buddhist Society (2000-2001)
  • Clinical Social Work (Sarawak General Hospital, Malaysia, 1997-99)
  • Festival of Learning@BU Conflict & Cohesion. June 2013
  • Counsellor for SoulTalk, Hong Kong 2005-07
  • Member Bournemouth Earth Charter Group
  • Member of the Bournemouth Interfaith Group

Networks

  • Women's Academic Network
  • Joint University Council - Social Work Education Internationalisation subcommittee

Qualifications

  • Combined Certificate in Counselling Theory and skills (Central School of Counselling & Therapy 1992, 1993)
  • Fellow in Teaching qualification (Higher Education Academy, 2009)
  • PhD in Sociology (University of Hertfordshire, 2003)
  • Diploma in Social Work in Social Work (Middlesex University, 1995)
  • MA in Social Work (Middlesex University, 1995)
  • PGCE in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) in Major Philosophy & Literature (University of Hertfordshire, 1990)

Memberships

  • APEX University - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Visiting Professor (2014-),
  • British Sociological Association, Member (2012-),
  • Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCAS), Member (2014-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2011-),
  • International Federation of Social Workers, Member,
  • Joint University Council - Social Work Education. International subcommittee, Member (2009-),
  • National University - Universiti Kegansaan Malaysia, Visiting Professor (2014-),
  • Royal Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences, Fellow (2014-),
  • Royal Society of Arts, Fellow (2012-),
  • Sarawak Mental Health Association, Member,
  • Tasik Chini Research Centre. National University - Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Visiting Professor and Lifetime Member (2014-),
  • UNISON, Hong Kong, Member,
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Visiting Professor (2014-),
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Visiting Professor (-2014),
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia, Visiting Professor (-2014),
  • World Federation for Mental Health, Member,
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