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Social Work in Context
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Social Work in Context
Theory and Concepts

First Edition


September 2017 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.
 
Theory, Ideology and Discourse in Social Work
 
Hayek, Markets and Social Work
 
Management and Managerialism
 
Risk and Social Work
 
Bourdieu and Social Work
 
New Approaches to Stigma
 
A New Culture of Poverty?
 
Globalisation and Social Work
 
Conclusion

This is a unique text, providing students with an insight into the political landscape within which social work is practice. An essential read for the critical social worker and the critical social work student!

Lisa Revell
Director of Social Work, University of Hull

A great competent, accessible well-written SW theoretical text which I predominantly recommend for our 1st yr MA students undertaking our SW Methods & Safeguarding 2nd-semester module. Great chapters on the impact of neoliberalism, managerialism, risk, Bourdieu, poverty plus wider themes of globalisation. A great research and teaching text which I have also used for my PhD.

Mr David Gaylard
Department of Social Work, Chichester University
March 27, 2019

A great book insulting to understand social work - offer some good analysis and debate in developing a critical argument. Essential in relation to preparation for practice.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
December 8, 2018

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