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Practising Feminism in Social Welfare
Theory, Policy and Practice

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ISBN 9781138650688
December 12, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

There has been an explosion of interest in feminism in recent years and this book argues that it still has a necessary and vital role, for feminism’s core objectives – not only to address the persistent issue of women’s inequality, but to fight against women’s oppression and improve women’s lives – remain of central value across the world. As a result, social work, and social welfare more generally, are overdue for a re-examination through a feminist lens.

This text explores what feminism means in theory, policy and practice as it is conceptualised and engaged with in different social welfare contexts today. Beginning with an overview of feminist scholarship in the twenty-first century, it is mainly comprised of six substantive chapters which examine feminism from within a specific policy or practice setting. The topics discussed include globalisation and social justice; sex and sexuality issues, domestic violence, working in criminal justice settings, working with children and working with older people. Practising Feminism in Social Welfare concludes with a framework for feminist policy and practice in the future, whilst acknowledging that there can be no single or hegemonic feminism across all sites of social and political processes and in all social work settings.

Designed as an introduction for a social policy and social work audience, this volume will also speak to a range of academic disciplines, including sociology, criminology, politics, women’s studies, gender and feminist studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Global Feminism and Social Policy  3, Feminism and Domestic Violence  4. Feminism, Sex and Sexuality  5. Feminism and Work with Children and Young People  6. Feminism and Work with Older People  7. Feminism and the Criminal Justice System  8. Conclusion

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Viviene E. Cree is Professor of Social Work Studies in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Ruth Phillips is an Associate Professor in Social Work and Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia.