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1st Edition

Doing Critical Social Work
Transformative Practices for Social Justice

Edited By

Sophie Goldingay

ISBN 9781760110840
Published June 22, 2016 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents


Foreword Donna Baines

List of contributors

Acknowledgments of contributors

Part I Addressing the Tensions in Critical Social Work

1 Doing critical social work in the neoliberal context: Working on the contradictions Bob Pease and Sharlene Nipperess

2 Critical reflection and critical social work Christine Morley

3 Towards critical social work supervision Carolyn Noble

4 Making sense of different theoretically informed approaches in doing critical social work Norah Hosken and Sophie Goldingay

Part II Critical Practices in Confronting Privilege and Promoting Social Justice

5 Towards a critical human rights-based approach to social work practice Sharlene Nipperess

6 Interrogating privilege and complicity in the oppression of others Bob Pease

7 Social work, class and the structural violence of poverty Norah Hosken

Part III Developing Critical Practices within the Organisational Context of Social Work

8 Beyond the dominant approach to mental health practice Noel Renouf

9 Embedding critical social work in child protection practice Robyn Miller

10 Critical social work in Centrelink: an oxymoron or an opportunity? Peter Humphries

11 Building relationships and effecting change: critical social work practice in prison settingsSophie Goldingay

12 Professional practice standards and critical practices: addressing the tensions in social work field education settings Norah Hosken, Lesley Ervin and Jody Laughton

Part IV Doing Anti-discriminatory and Anti-oppressive Practice in Social Work

13 Anti-oppressive practice with people seeking asylum in Australia: reflections from the field Sharlene Nipperess and Sherrine Clark

14 Challenges for Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners in the neoliberal context Stephanie Gilbert

15 Feminism under siege: critical reflections on the impact of neoliberalism and managerialism on feminist practice Ann Carrington

16 Developing anti-ageist practice in social work Tina Kosteciki

17 Working for equality and difference: (de)constructing heteronormativity Jude Irwin

Part V Towards Collectivist and Transformative Practices in Social Work

18 Environmental social work as critical, decolonising practice Mel Gray and John Coates

19 Taking it to the streets: critical social work's relationship with activism Jessica Morrison

20 Social work, disability and social change: a critical participatory approach Russell Shuttleworth

21 The structural, the post-structural and the commons: new practices for creating change in a complex world Jose Ramos

22 Education for critical social work: being true to a worthy project Selma Macfarlane

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BOB PEASE is Professor of Social Work at the University of Tasmania. SOPHIE GOLDINGAY is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. NORAH HOSKEN is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. SHARLENE NIPPERESS is a lecturer in Social Work at RMIT University.