Contemporary social work cannot be understood without an appreciation of the broader context of social policy in which it takes place. Such an understanding is increasingly important as social workers are expected to work across institutional, professional and even national boundaries in new ways profoundly affected by the changing global context. This insightful book examines how shifts in the dominant political ideology have affected the nature of welfare provision, the kinds of social problems addressed by policy, and the balance of responsibilities for well-being between individuals, the family, voluntary organizations, the market and the state. It explains the impact of these developments on the organization of social work and on relationships between social workers and service users. The book discusses contested concepts central to social work – such as justice, liberty, equality, difference, need and risk – and illustrates these through a range of examples. The critical analysis provided in this book offers students of social work a crucial foundation for negotiating difficult and sensitive practice situations and defending their profession, providing them with the tools and knowledge to uphold key professional values.
Understanding the Life Course provides a uniquely comprehensive guide to the entire life course from an interdisciplinary perspective. Combining important insights from sociology and psychology, the book presents the concept's theoretical underpinnings in an accessible style, supported by real-life examples. From birth and becoming a parent, to death and grieving for the loss of others, Lorraine Green explores all stages of the life course through key research studies and theories, in conjunction with issues of social inequality and critical examination of lay viewpoints. She highlights the many ways the life course can be interpreted, including themes of linearity and multidirectionality, continuity and discontinuity, and the interplay between nature and nurture. The second edition updates key data and includes additional material on topics such as new technologies, changing markers of transitions to adulthood, active ageing, resilience and neuropsychology. This comprehensive approach will continue to be essential reading for students on vocational programmes such as social work and nursing, and will provide thought-provoking insight into the wider contexts of the life course for students of psychology and sociology.
Social Science by George Palattiyil,Dina Sidhva,Mono Chakrabarti
Author: George Palattiyil,Dina Sidhva,Mono Chakrabarti
Category: Social Science
Social Work in a Global Context engages with, and critically explores, key issues that inform social work practice around the world. Social work can take many forms, and is differently understood in different parts of the world. However, at base, it can be seen as a profession which strives to advance the causes of the vulnerable and marginalised with the aim of promoting social justice, equality, and human rights. This text provides examples of social work in a wide range of countries, informing our understanding of what social work is. It looks at how practice changes or stays the same, and at the impact of policy, as experienced by service users as well as by practitioners working in challenging circumstances. It also meaningfully reflects on the strengths and challenges that are enabled by diversity. Divided into four parts, this wide-ranging text discusses: - what social work means in four different countries -some examples of the impact social and political context can have on social work practice - how social workers see and work with the vulnerable - the future for social work, from disaster work to involving service users. Social Work in a Global Context is the first truly international book for all those interested in comparative and cross-cultural understandings of social work.
Social Science by Charlotte Williams,Mekada Graham
It is an acknowledged if not accepted fact that all European societies are being fundamentally transformed, and indeed perceptively unsettled, by increased migrations across nations and by the asserted presence of established minorities within their borders. The scale and speed at which these transformations have taken place have brought in their wake considerable social impacts and no small measure of fear and anxiety. Encounters with such diversity are part and parcel of the social work task, and learning how to negotiate them should be a de facto aspect of the training and continuous professional development of social workers and other social professions. However, the moral and political dimensions of the role, scope and nature of the social work task in responding appropriately to these changed and changing realities are rather more contested. This volume addresses many dimensions of the response to issues of race and ethnicity in social work practice in Europe. It extends the debates on inter-cultural and race equality practice in social work through a stimulating and innovative collection of contributions. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Social Work.
An understanding of social policy is vital for engaging practically with social work values, dealing with political and ethical questions about responsibility, liberty and our understanding of ‘the good society’. This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to social policy, tailored to the needs of a social work audience
Social Science by Bob Pease,Sophie Goldingay,Norah Hosken,Sharlene Nipperess
Author: Bob Pease,Sophie Goldingay,Norah Hosken,Sharlene Nipperess
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Category: Social Science
Critical social work encourages emancipatory personal and social change. This text focuses on the challenge of incorporating critical theory into the practice of social workers and provides case studies and insights from a range of fields to illustrate how to work with tensions and challenges. Beginning with an outline of the theoretical basis of critical social work and its different perspectives, the authors go on to introduce key features of working in this tradition including critical reflection. Part II explores critical practices in confronting privilege and promoting social justice in social work, examining such issues as human rights, gender, poverty and class. Part III considers the development of critical practices within the organisational context of social work including the fields of mental health, child and family services, within Centrelink and prison settings. Part IV is focused on doing anti- discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice in social work with particular populations including asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, domestic violence survivors, older people and lesbian, gay and transgender groups. Finally, Part V outlines collectivist and transformative practices in social work and beyond, looking at environmental issues, social activism, the disability movement and globalisation. 'A highly valuable addition to social work education and practice literature in Australia and beyond its shores.' Ruth Phillips, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
Soziologische Phantasie, die erstmals 1963 erschienene deutsche Übersetzung von C. Wright Mills‘ The Sociological Imagination, darf zurecht als Meilenstein wissenschaftlich-politischer Debatten in den Vereinigten Staaten betrachtet werden und zählt auch heute noch zu einer der wichtigsten Selbstkritiken der Soziologie. Mills schlägt hier einen dritten Weg zwischen bloßem Empirismus und abgehobener Theorie ein: Er plädiert für eine kritische Sozialwissenschaft, die sich weder bürokratisch instrumentalisieren lässt noch selbstverliebt vor sich hin prozessiert, sondern gesellschaftliche Bedeutung erlangt, indem sie den Zusammenhang von persönlichen Schwierigkeiten und öffentlichen Problemen erhellt. Eben dies sei Aufgabe und Verheißung einer Soziologie, die sich viel zu häufig „einer merkwürdigen Lust an der Attitüde des Unbeteiligten“ hingebe.
Social Science by Aidan Worsley,Tim Mann,Angela Olsen,Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead
This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the centre of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life. Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail. This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
Social Science by Anne E. Fortune,William J. Reid,Robert L. Miller, Jr.
Author: Anne E. Fortune,William J. Reid,Robert L. Miller, Jr.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
In this volume, progressive experts survey recent trends in qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to better represent the context and complexity of social work practice. Chapters address different approaches to qualitative inquiry, applications to essential areas of research and practice, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, and epistemological issues. This second edition brings even greater depth and relevance to social work qualitative research, including new material that tackles traditional research concerns, such as data quality, ethics, and epistemological stances, and updated techniques in data collection and analysis. To increase the usefulness for students and researchers, the editors have reorganized the text to present basic principles first and then their applications, and they have increased their focus on ethics, values, and theory. New and revised illustrative studies highlight more than ever the connection between effective research and improved social functioning among individuals and groups. The collection continues to feature scholars and practitioners who have shaped the social work research practice canon for more than twenty years, while also adding the innovative work of up-and-coming talent.
Social Science by Roland Anhorn,Frank Bettinger,Johannes Stehr
Author: Roland Anhorn,Frank Bettinger,Johannes Stehr
Category: Social Science
Ziel des Sammelbandes ist es, das aufklärerische Potential der Machtanalytik von Michel Foucault für eine kritische Theorie und Praxis Sozialer Arbeit zu erschließen und erstmals in einen Zusammenhang mit den aktuellen Diskussionen zur sozialen Ausschließung zu stellen. Foucaults Analysen werden einer kritischen Prüfung unterzogen: Stärken und Grenzen der Foucaultschen Zugänge werden herausgearbeitet. Gleichzeitig geht es aber auch um den "ganzen" Foucault, d.h. um Brüche und Widersprüche, die sich aus der Beschäftigung mit seinen Analysen ergeben. In dieser Hinsicht verfolgt der Sammelband einen zweifachen Anspruch: Studierenden der Sozialen Arbeit wird ein Zugang zum Denken Foucaults in seiner Relevanz für die Soziale Arbeit eröffnet. Darüber hinaus wird ein substanzieller Beitrag zur Theorieentwicklung der Sozialen Arbeit geleistet.
Wie wirkt sich die Anwendung des nicht-direktiven, personenzentrierten Ansatzes auf uns Menschen aus? Welchen Einfluss haben die Elemente dieses Selbstkonzepts auf unser Miteinander, sowohl in der Therapie als auch in der Dynamik von Gruppen? Mit persönlichen Gedanken, Erfahrungen und Fallvignetten bringt Carl Rogers seine angestrebte lebensbejahende Daseinsform zum Ausdruck: Der Mitbegründer der Humanistischen Psychologie zeigt, was ein ausgeprägter Gemeinschaftssinn, aufgeschlossene zwischenmenschliche Kommunikation und Authentizität systemverändernd für Erziehung, Politik und unser Zusammenleben bedeuten. Den hier versammelten Aufsätzen liegt eine bestimmte Auffassung von der menschlichen Natur zugrunde: Es ist die Überzeugung, dass der menschliche Organismus, das einzelne Mitglied der Spezies Mensch, in seinen Tendenzen im Kern konstruktiv ist. In einem wachstums- und entwicklungsfördernden psychologischen Klima können diese Potentiale freigesetzt werden. Den hier versammelten Aufsätzen von Carl Rogers liegt allen eine bestimmte Auffassung von der menschlichen Natur zugrunde: Es ist die Überzeugung, daß der menschliche Organismus, das einzelne Mitglied der Spezies Mensch, in seinen Tendenzen im Kern konstruktiv ist. In einem wachstums- und entwicklungsfördernden psychologischen Klima können diese konstruktiven Potentiale freigesetzt werden.
Political Science by Alan Roulstone,Simon Prideaux
In an era of scarce social resources, the question of changing social policy constructions and responses to disabled people has become increasingly important. This text locates disability policy into broader social policy and welfare policy writings, embracing a range of indicators of disabled people's welfare.
Social Policy is a major new textbook designed for use by undergraduates on social policy, social work, and sociology courses, and by students on vocational training courses, including those leading to postgraduate qualifications. The volume covers all the main areas of social policy in twenty-one chapters, each written by an expert in the field. Readers are introduced to the key evidence and the main questions about social policy and welfare systems. A central objective of the bookis to show how social research can inform social policy debates. The book focuses mainly on social policy in the United Kingdom, but frequent comparisons are drawn with developments elsewhere in the European Union and in the United States. All the key terms used in the study of social policy are explained and readers are guided to further reading. The chapters are written in a non-technical way, and accessible and topical examples are highlighted in special boxes. There are numerous tables and figures and the overall presentation is designed to be user-friendly. Social Policy offers a comprehensive account of current developments in social policy as well as providing students with the facts and the theoretical knowledge they will need to reach their own judgements in a rapidly developing field.
Political Science by David Coates,Peter Augustine Lawler
A systematic and comprehensive study of the early performance of New Labour in power. It brings together the results of a co-ordinated research initiative underway in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, charting the developing relationship between election promise and government policy across the whole sweep of New Labour's manifesto agenda. Each chapter examines New Labour's initial comments, charts opening policy moves, and traces policy trajectories in each major department of state; so generating a comprehensive audit of New Labour's electoral fidelity and an academically-informed assessment of New Labour's likely policy trajectory though its first period of office.
Education by District of Columbia. Dept. of Public Health,United States. Children's Bureau
Set within the context of Europe, this book demonstrates the contribution that community development can make to strengthening civil society. The book interweaves case studies with discussion of community development principles and theory to provide a critical and accessible approach.