Rethinking Social Work : 9780582806948

Rethinking Social Work

 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780582806948
ISBN 10
 
0582806941
Published
 
12/12/1996
Published by
 
Pearson Australia
Pages
 
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
Book
$90.99
 
 
 
Description
Rethinking Social Work is a book of significant importance to all those interested in the future relevance of social work in a rapidly changing society. It is ideal for students of undergraduate Social Work and Welfare courses.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1.       Setting the context
2.       Competing discourses of human services
3.       Formulating an alternative
4.       A humanist vision
5.       Critical theory and social work practice
6.       Policy, practice and change
7.       Towards critical practice
References
Features & benefits
  • Examines the current debates concerning the nature of social work in an environment of economic rationalism and managerialism and advocates a new form of social work based on a community mode of human services.
  • Examines postmodernism, feminism, humanism and critical theory as possible bases for an alternative.
  • Outlines a social work that explicitly links the personal and the political.
  • Explores the implications of such a critical approach to policy and practice.
  • Firmly rejects the positivist, top-down approach of economic rationalism and managerialism.
  • Outlines an alternative approach based on an assertive reaffirmation of some of the core principles and values of social work.
Author biography
  • Jim Ife is senior lecturer at the School of Social Work and Administration at the University of Western Australia. He is the author of the recent successful Pearson Education publication Community Development.