1st Edition

Revitalising Critical Reflection in Contemporary Social Work Research, Practice and Education

Edited By Christian Franklin Svensson, Pia Ringø Copyright 2023

    Globally, social work faces increasingly complex cultural, political, economic, legal, organisational, technological and professional conditions.
    Critically reflecting on the subject, this book heightens critical consciousness among social work researchers, educators, practitioners and students about the structural dimensions of social problems and human suffering; it highlights the inter-relationship between agency and structure and discusses strategies to challenge and change both individual and societal consciousness.
    Offering the reader an opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of how critical reflection is possible in contemporary social work research, practice and education, it will be required reading for all social work scholars, students and professionals.

    Christian Franklin Svensson and Pia Ringø

    Chapter 1 - Critical Reflection: Concepts and forms of knowledge in a global world
    Pia Ringø and Christian Franklin Svensson

    Chapter 2 - The sociology of knowledge: Ideology, critical reflection and the consequences of capitalism to social work
    Maria Appel Nissen

    Chapter 3 - Critique in social work research: Arguments for a synthesis between critical realism and German critical theory
    Søren Rudbæk Juul and Pia Ringø

    Chapter 4 - Critical reflections on international social work research: Beyond South/North divides
    Jessica Jönsson, Aina Lian Flem and Sofie Ghazanfareeon Karlsson

    Chapter 5 - Healing past wounds or addressing the future? Critical social work in post-war settings
    Mette Lind Kusk and Rasmus Sommer Hansen

    Chapter 6 - Experiences of ethnic discrimination: potentials for social change in Taiwan
    Pei-Chi Ho and Christian Franklin Svensson

    Chapter 7 - The Use of Reflective Processes and Teams in the Practice of Supervision: A critical glance
    Wong Peace Yuh Ju and Kieran O’Donoghue

    Chapter 8 - Mature Law in the Nordic countries: Critical perspectives on social work in the context of public authority
    Peter Vangsgaard

    Chapter 9 - From experimentalism to governance tool: Local community work caught between emancipative goals and the sanctioning state
    Mia Arp Fallov

    Chapter 10 - Learning from user perspectives: Critical reflections in the frontline of employment oriented social work
    Maja Lundemark Andersen

    Chapter 11 - Applying a salutogenic and interactional approach to critically reflect on perspectives on disability in social work
    Heidi Pedersen, Janne Liaaen and Tonje Cecilie Indrøy

    Chapter 12 - Integration is a two-way process: Policy and social intervention among migrants
    Lydia Nheta and Christian Franklin Svensson

    Chapter 13 - Knowing risk: Why we need an empirical quantitative critique in social work and research
    Merete Monrad and Morten Ejrnæs

    Chapter 14 - Decision making and risk in social work: Critical reflections on digital technologies
    Lene Mosegaard Søbjerg and Brian J. Taylor

    Chapter 15 - Revitalising the concept of surface and depth: An analytical tool for critical reflection
    Pia Ringø and David Howe

    Chapter 16 - The promise of social change: Critical reflections on social innovation
    Christian Franklin Svensson and Stephen Carney


    Christian Franklin Svensson is a Ph.D. in anthropology and social innovation. Using ethnographic approaches and policy analysis, he has a focus on issues of welfare, civil society, social change, migration, inclusion, cross-sectoral cooperation and community. From several years of teaching and supervision, Svensson is firmly rooted in quality assurance and curriculum development in international programmes. He has been peer-reviewer for a number of journals including The Danish Anthropological Association, South Asia Research Journal, South Asian Development, Social Work and Society, The Inclusion Journal and VOLUNTAS. Svensson is an appointed external expert with the European Union Institutions; a UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab expert; and an associate member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, University of Cambridge.

    Pia Ringø is Ph.D. in sociology and social work. She is associate professor of social work at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark. She is the research manager of the research group SOSA addressing the specialised social work in the field of psychiatry and disability research. Pia Ringø has methodological competencies in method, theory and concept development within the social sciences and social work. Her scientific focus is on theory of science, realism, integrated analytical models and development of scientific models as ways to analyse the interaction between politics, management, knowledge and practice.