This important new textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the dilemmas and tensions that practitioners are compelled to resolve in their daily work. It will be invaluable for students taking courses in social work, social welfare and applied sociology as well as nursing and health professionals, social work practitioners and policymakers.
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"This is an ambitious and challenging book. It recognizes that
contemporary social work is in some difficulty in the face of the
ascendancy of neo-liberalism. Social work has been deeply affected
by such reactionary pressures both locally and internationally.
Dominelli does not shrink away from these challenges and in
Social Work provides critical information and analysis which
will help all those working for a resurgent social work practice
committed to social justice and human rights."
Chris Jones, University of Liverpool
"Dominelli applies a critical and creative perspective to social
work in our current global environment. She challenges our
conventional assumptions regarding the role and practice of social
work and social workers to propose ways in which we can rethink our
purpose. This book makes a major contribution to social work theory
Lorraine Gutierrez, University of Michigan
Rethinking Social Work: Interrogating Practice in and Uncertain and Difficult Clime.
The Philanthropic Gaze: Privileging Residual Welfare Provisions.
Continuities and Discontinuities in Practice.
Unity and Fragmentation in Social Work.
Structure of the Book.
2. Social Work: A Profession in Changing Contexts.
The Impact of Globalizing Forces on Welfare Provisions.
The Internationalization of Social Problems.
National Policy Frameworks: Social Inclusion and Exclusion.
Power and Authority.
A Technology of Governmentality: The ‘Social’ Divides Clients into ‘Deserving’ and ‘Undeserving’ Groups and Rations Resources.
Defining Moments in Professional Social Work: Shifting Contexts for Practice.
A New Profession Makes its Claims: The Early Beginnings of Social Work.
A Brief Period of Consensus Around the Welfare State.
The Consensus Unravels.
A New Consensus Forms Around the Precepts of Neo-Liberal Market Ideologies.
Globalization Reframes the Social Work Agenda.
3. Values, Ethics and Empowerment.
Practising Social Work Values: Reconfiguring Continuities and Discontinuities.
Stability and Change in Values.
A Commitment to Social Justice: A Contested Value.
Reconfiguring the Ethic of Care.
Rethinking the Life-course within Identity.
Processes of Intervention.
The Dance of Competing Values in the Major Approaches to Social Work.
Casework: Individualizing Social Problems.
Groupwork: The Acknowledgment of Systems.
Community Work: A Concern with Structural Inequalities.
Competence-Based Social Work: Fragmenting and Technocratising Social Problems.
Valuing Social Justice and Social Change: A human Rights Context for Practice.
Training is No Longer the Preserve of the Academy.
4 Social Work intervention with Children and Families.
Familialist Discourses/Understanding Diverse Conceptualisations of ‘the Family’.
Adultist Paradigms in Child Welfare.
Power, Control and Governmentality.
Constructing Childhood Through Practice.
Policing Deviant Families: Children on the ‘at Risk Register’.
Risk Assessment and Management in Child Welfare Work.
Revitalising Communities: Approaching Child Welfare as a Collective Responsibility.
Assimilation as Exclusionary Practice.
5 Social Work Intervention with Older People.
Mobilizing to Challenge Negative Images of Older People.
Constructing the Older Person in Social Work Practice.
Commodifying Social Work with Older People.
Insecurity and Loss in Older People’s Lives.
Young Careers Providing Services for Older People.
Services for Older People.
6 Social Work with Offenders.
(Re)configuring Environments of Crime and Control.
Differentiated Responses to Offenders.
Racialized Discourse on Crime: Black Offenders.
Children’s Offending Behaviour Brings Poor Parenting Under Fire.
Authoritarian Populism Targets Parents.
Risk Assessment and Risk Management.
Managing Crime Statistics.
Managing Offending Behaviour.
Working with offending Behaviour.
Working With Offenders: Changing Roles and Directions.
Probation: The Link with Social Work.
Breaking the Link with Social Work.
Privatizing Parts of the Criminal Justice System.
From a Social Work Activity to a Corrections-based One.
The Rise of Victims’ Rights.
Citizenship and Offenders’ Rights to Rehabilitation.
7 Social Work Interventions in Communities.
Post-war Community Work in Britain.
Reconfiguring Community Work in Britan.
Exclusionary Community Relations.
Control or Liberation?.
Communities in Social Work.
Vulnerability: a Factor in Oppressing Diverse Communities.
8 New Directions for Social Work: Interdependence, Reciprocity, Citizenship and Social Justice.
Social Justice and Citizenship.
Different Visions for Social Work.
Interdependence and Solidarity.
Reciprocity and Entitlements.
Modelling New Directions for Social Work.
Education and Training.
9 Conclusions: Social Work: A Force for Change at Individual and Structural Levels.
Practice is thinking and doing.