• Podsoc #80

Alternative identities - Vampires

In conversation with DJ Williams

This podcast will be challenging for many listeners and should generate a lot of discussion. DJ Williams addresses some of the personal and professional issues social workers and other professionals face when working with people who have alternative identities, in this case people who identify as vampires. Social workers work with many people defined by dominant discourses as deviant. When identities are so outside the norm, our own judgements can prevent people disclosing important aspects of themselves and the fear of being misunderstood can be a hindrance in our work with them. DJ’s research helps us understand how vampires view their world.

D J Williams is the Director of Research for the Center for Positive Sexuality (Los Angeles) and Associate Professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology at Idaho State University. He completed an MSW degree at the University of Utah (USA) and doctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta (Canada). DJ's scholarship intersects social work, leisure science, sexual science, and critical criminology, and he is a leading expert internationally on deviance and leisure. DJ is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Positive Sexuality, and his research has been published in several academic books and journals, including Social Work, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Critical Social Work, Canadian Social Work, Leisure Sciences, Leisure/Loisir, Critical Criminology, Contemporary Justice Review, and Australian Family Physician.

Recommended citation – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2015, September 12). Alternative identities - Vampires: In conversation with DJ Williams [Episode 80]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/alternative-identities-vampires/.

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  2. References


Williams, D. J., & Prior, E. (2015). Do we always practice what we preach? Real vampires' fears of coming out of the coffin to social workers and helping professionals. Critical Social Work, 16(1), 79-92.

Journal of Positive Sexuality