9780230296787

The New Politics of Social Work

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230296787

  • ISBN10:

    0230296785

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Fundamental to social work are the values of justice and equality. But it has long been felt that these values are being eroded under a system of capitalist power. Serving to reactivate and refresh social work's radical tradition to form a new political agenda, The New Politics of Social Work:

• Brings together leading international authors to deliver a critical exploration of the impact capitalism has had on social work

• Paves the way for students and practitioners of social work to take a more transformative, radical approach

This is an important and authoritative book for both advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Social Work.

Author Biography

Stephen A. Webb is Professor of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Recent books include Evidence-based Social Work (with Gray & Plath, Routledge 2009), Social Work Theories and Methods (with Gray, Sage 2013), and the Sage Handbook of Social Work (with Gray & Midgley, 2012). Webb's critical analysis 'Considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work' (2001) is the world's most cited article in the field and the most influential publication in social work over the last ten years (Hodges et al., 2011). 

Mel Gray is Professor of Social Work and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Advanced Study for Humanity at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is Joint Editor of Australian Social Work and is on the editorial boards for several international journals. Her interests range from creativity, morality, spirituality and theory and philosophy in social work to experiential social work education.

Table of Contents

PART I: SITUATING CRITICAL SOCIAL WORK
Introducing Critical Social Work; M.Gray and S.A.Webb
History of Critical Social Work; B.Pease
Key Thinkers for Critical Social Work; P.M.Garrett
PART II: METHODS OF CRITICAL PRACTICE
Critically Reflexive Practice; J.Fook
Postmodern Critical Practice; K.Healy
Critical Best Practice; H.Ferguson
Narrative Practice; C. Baldwin
PART III: TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICES
New Practices of Empowerment; V.Cree
Advocacy, Recognition and Inclusion; S.Houston
Rights-based International Social Work; R.Hugman
Gender, Professional Practice and Recognition; Z.Morrison
Social Workers as Agents of Change; I.Ferguson
PART IV: CONCLUSION
Ideology, Power and Politics; M.Gray and S.A.Webb 

  

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