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Inequality and Social Work

Inequality and Social Work


October 2023 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Inequality has moved to the forefront of contemporary policy and practice debates in social work. This book will help you understand how structural inequalities in society contribute to the challenges faced by individuals, families and communities.

Whether you're a student, practitioner, or academic, this book will help you think critically about the skills and knowledge needed to provide meaningful help to those most in need. 

Key topics include: 

  • What is inequality and why it is so important for social work
  • Social inequalities in relation to class, poverty, gender, race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, age and sexuality
  • Health and welfare inequalities, such as disparities in life expectancy and serious illness
  • Global inequalities, such as the legacy of colonialism and wealth gaps between countries
  • The role of social policy, including the welfare state
  • Anti-discriminatory practice and radical social work
  • Community-based approaches.

Rick Hood is a registered social worker and Professor of Social Work at Kingston University.

Chapter 1. What is inequality?
Chapter 2. The many faces of inequality
Chapter 3. Health and welfare inequalities
Chapter 4. Social policy and inequality
Chapter 5. Global inequalities
Chapter 6. The role of social work
Chapter 7. Radical and critical social work
Chapter 8. Community social work

A long awaited title to help social workers identify and understand inequalities within their work. A pleasure to read with case studies and exercises to engage in!

Ela Mistry-Jackson
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (Faculty of Health Studies) at the University of Bradford

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