1st Edition

Research and Social Work in Time and Place Crossing Boundaries

By Ian Shaw Copyright 2023
    544 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume, which brings together chapters and journal articles published by renowned academic Ian Shaw, focusses on the practice/research relationship within social work – a theme that has preoccupied much of his writing over the last 40 or more years. These pieces show the academic development of his understanding of the complexity and challenge of that relationship, as well as the shifts which have occurred in it over time.

    Divided into four sections

    • Forming Professional Practice
    • Forming Social Work Research
    • Chicago, Sociology and Social Work
    • Critical Tributes and Debates

    and comprised of 31 chapters, it will be of interest to all scholars of social work, and allied subjects, including sociology, allied health, social policy and disability studies.

    0.Introduction.  Section A - Forming Professional Practice.  1.Professional Practices in National Contexts.  2.Navigating Practitioner Research.  3.Constructing Practitioner Research.  4.An Exemplary Scheme? An Evaluation of the Integrated Children’s System.  5.A Frame for Evaluating in Practice.  Section B - Forming Social Work Research.  6.Times Present, Times Past: The History of Social Work Research in the United Kingdom.  7.‘Kinds and Quality of Social Work Research’.  8.Places in Time: Contextualizing Social Work Research.  9.Science and Social Work: A Sketch.  10.Social Work Science and Evidence.  11.The Nature and Disposition of a Traditional Network: A Paradoxical Case.  12.One-eyed Mules and Social Work: An Essay on Serendipity.  13.When Walking on a Slow Ascending Street.  14.Qualitative Research in Social Work.  15.Researching and Evaluating Interventions and Outcomes.  16.‘Ethics and the Practice of Qualitative Research’.  17.The Craft of Journal Practice.  18.Writing Social Work Science.  Section C - Chicago, Sociology and Social Work.  19.Rereading The Jack-Roller: Hidden Histories in Sociology and Social Work.  20.Sociology and Social Work – In Praise of Limestone?.  21.Casework: Re-forming the Relationship Between Sociology and Social Work.  22.The Archaeology of Research Practices: A Social Work Case.  23.Chicago Pastoral 1931.  24.Sociological Social Work: A Case Example.  Section D - Critical Tributes and Debates.  25.‘A Science of Social Work? – Response to John Brekke’.  26.The Positive Contributions of Quantitative Methodology to Social Work Research: A View From the Sidelines’.  27.Noel Timms: A Brief Appreciation.  28.Lee Cronbach (19162001)  A Critical Appreciation.  29.F. Stuart Chapin.  30.‘Let Us Go Then, You and I’ – Journeying with Ada Eliot Sheffield.  31.Ian Shaw Career Interview.


    Ian Shaw is Professor Emeritus in the School for Business and Society, University of York.