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2nd Edition

Critical Social Work
Theories and practices for a socially just world

ISBN 9781742370927
Published August 1, 2009 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

'Another important contribution to the growing literature on critical social work. It is on the cutting edge of thinking about social work and its goal of social change.' - Kate van Heugten, Social Work Review

Critical Social Work starts from the premise that a central goal of social work practice is social change to redress social inequality. Taking a critical theoretical approach, the authors explore the links between personal and social change. They confront the challenges for critical social work in the context of pressures to separate the personal from the political and in responding to the impact of changes in the socio-political, statutory and global contexts of practice.

Critical Social Work has been thoroughly revised to take into account recent social, economic and political developments. Coverage of theoretical frameworks has been substantially expanded and reflects current concerns such as evidence based practice and human rights. The causes of people's marginalisation and oppression are examined in relation to class, race, ethnicity, gender and other forms of social inequality.Case study chapters in the earlier edition on working with immigrants, Indigenous people, women, men, families, people with psychiatric disabilities and those experiencing loss and grief have been updated and revised. The second edition includes new case study chapters on disability, older people, children, rurality, and violence and abuse.

Critical Social Work is an essential resource to inform progressive social work practice.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Part I: Introduction

1 Introducing critical theories for social work in a neo-liberal context

Part II: Developing conceptual frameworks for critical social work

2 Tracing the origins of critical social work practice

3 Theorising new developments in critical social work

4 From evidence-based practice to critical knowledge in post-positivist social work

5 Promoting a human rights perspective on critical social work

6 Doing critical social work

Part III: Resisting domination and oppression

7 Towards anti-racist and culturally affirming practices

8 Reversing colonial practices with Indigenous peoples

9 Reconstructing social work practices with families

10 Examining the meaning of childhood in critical social work practice

11 Using critical reflection to improve feminist practice

12 Challenges and directions for profeminist practice with men

13 Empower

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June Allan is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at RMIT University.

Linda Briskman holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair in Human Rights Education at Curtin University.

Bob Pease is Chair of Social Work at Deakin University.