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Language of Social Casework

1st Edition

By Noel Timms


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Originally published in 1968, Language of Social Casework considers the way in which social workers commonly neglect language. It is suggested that part of this neglect is due to the ways in which social workers and their critics envisage the activity of social work. The traditional criticisms of philanthropy and social work, are, therefore reviewed, and an attempt made to describe some common responses to them on the part of the practitioners. This is followed by an examination of two terms that are of some importance in the language of casework: the ‘generic-specific’ concept, and the idea of the ‘settings’ of casework. But casework is also described in terms borrowed from other ‘contexts: it is seen as ‘art’ or ‘science’, as a ‘therapy’ or the offer of ‘friendship’. Each of these descriptions is considered in the last two chapters of the book. The book also includes a brand new and fully updated preface by the author, contextualising this 1968 publication, in light of advancements made in the past 50 years.

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Introduction

1. Introduction

2. Critics and Practitioners

3. Generic and Specific

4. Casework and its Settings

5. Social Work as Science or Art

6. The Social Worker as Friend or Therapist

7. Summary

Suggestions for Further Reading


About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Noel Timms

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 1983, draw together research by leading sociologist Noel Timms. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of social work, with a focus on social policy, language, psychiatry and philosophy within the area of social work. This set is a celebration of the rich collection of work written by Noel Timms throughout his distinguished career.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General