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Post-Anthropocentric Social Work
Critical Posthuman and New Materialist Perspectives

ISBN 9780367677855
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
254 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book seeks to trouble taken-for-granted assumptions of anthropocentrism and humanism in social work - those which perpetuate human privilege and human exceptionalism. The edited collection provides a different imaginary for social work by introducing ways of thinking otherwise that challenge human exceptionalism.

Social work is at heart a liberal humanist project informed by a strong human rights framework. This edited collection draws on the literature on affect, feminist new materialism and critical posthumanism to critique the liberal framework, which includes human rights. Disrupting the anthropocentrism in social work which positions humans as an elite species at the centre of world history, this book develops an ethical sensibility that values entanglements of humans, non-human life and the natural environment.

The book provides new insights into environmental destruction, human-animal relations, gender inequality and male dominance, as well as indigenous and settler/colonial issues and critical and green social work. It will be of interest to all scholars and students of social work, community development, social policy and development studies more broadly.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Images

Notes on contributors

Mathew Arthur



  1. Towards Post-Anthropocentric Social Work
    Vivienne Bozalek and Bob Pease
  2. Part One: Philosophical Foundations of Post-Anthropocentric Social Work

  3. What Comes After the Subject? Towards a Critical Posthumanist Social Work
    Stephen A. Webb
  4. An Invitation into the Trouble with Humanism for Social Work
    Tina E. Wilson
  5. Restorative and Regenerative Relational Praxis Must Include the Non-human
    Jacques Boulet
  6. A Philosophy of Social Work Beyond the Anthropocene.
    Karen Bell
  7. Feeling the ‘Weight of the Body’: Posthumanism and De-liberalising Social Work
    John Fox
  8. Part Two: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Doing Post-Anthropocentric Social Work

  9. Propositions for Slow Social Work
    Vivienne Bozalek
  10. Ecofeminism to Feminist Materialism: Implications for Anthropocene Feminist Social Work
    Carolyn Noble
  11. Fostering Non-Anthropocentric Vulnerability in Men: Challenging the Autonomous Masculine Subject in Social Work
    Bob Pease
  12. Return of the Posthuman: Developing Indigenist Perspectives for Social Work at a Time of Environmental Crisis
    Glenn Woods and Dorothee Hölscher
  13. More-Than-Human Community Work: The Affirmative Biopolitics of Life in a Glasgow Neighbourhood
    Heather Lynch
  14. Posthumanism, Sexualities Education and the Production of Citizenship
    Pam Alldred, Nick Fox and Yohai Hakak
  15. Part Three: More-than-Human Sites of Practice in Post-Anthropocentric Social Work

  16. Animals as Domestic Violence Victims: A Challenge to Humanist Social Work
    Heather Fraser and Nik Taylor
  17. Towards a Critical Posthumanist Social Work: Trans-Species Ethics of Ecological Justice, Nonviolence and Love
    Dyann Ross, Bindi Bennett and Natalie Menyweather
  18. Encountering Interspecies Homelessness: Resisting Anthroparchy in Social Work and the All-Too-Human Services
    Melissa Laing
  19. Natureculture Dilemmas in Northern Finland: Guiding Post-Anthropocentric Social Work Through the Mire
    Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö
  20. Hauntology, History and Heritage: Intergenerational Trauma in South African Displaced Families
    Shanaaz Hoosain and Vivienne Bozalek

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Vivienne Bozalek is Emerita Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and Honorary Professor in the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Bob Pease is Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Social Change at the University of Tasmania and an Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.