Perspectives in Social Work: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Perspectives in Social Work

1st Edition

By Noel Timms, Rita Timms


240 pages

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Perspectives in Social Work was originally published in 1977 and provides a text for social workers in training to use. The book argues for a more philosophical approach to both understanding and doing social work and seeks to establish simple and basic elements in social work, asking questions such as: what should a social worker be able to do? What should a social worker know and believe? Does social work actually work? In answering these questions the book offers a wide ranging and critical review of literature of the time and looks at social work as a method of altruism. This book is still topical today and acts as a useful document on the subject of social work both through the discussions within, and through the lens of modern change. It will be of particular interest to those studying the history and changes in social work.

Table of Contents



1. The Approach of the Book

2. Taking Bearings on Social Work

3. Does Social Work Work?

4. What Should a Social Worker be Able to Do?

5. What Should a Social Worker Know? Some General Considerations

6. Social Work Knowledge – Some Neglected Key Concepts

7. Social Work Knowledge – Findings and Theories

8. Social Work Beliefs and Attitudes

9. A Social Worker Takes Bearings


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