2nd Edition

Social Work A Reader

Edited By Viviene E. Cree, Trish McCulloch Copyright 2023
    282 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Building on the successful 1st edition, this reader brings together some of the most significant ideas that have informed social work practice over the last fifty years. At the same time as presenting these foundational extracts, the book includes commentaries that allow the reader to understand the selected extracts on their own terms as well as to be aware of their relations to each other and to the wider social work context.

    There is no settled view or easy consensus about what social work is and should be, and the ideas reflected in this volume are themselves diverse and complex. The world of social work has changed greatly over the last ten years, and this new edition reflects that change with new material on the decolonisation of social work knowledges, the greater emphasis on inter-disciplinarity and co-production and the new concern for identities.

    With an accessible introduction to contextualise the selections, the book is divided into three main sections, each presenting key texts drawn from a wide range of perspectives: psychological, sociological, philosophical, educational and political, as well as perspectives that are grounded in the experiences of practitioners and those who use services, which have contributed to the development of:

    • the profession of social work
    • knowledge and values for social work and
    • practice in social work.

    By providing students and practitioners with an easy way into reading first-hand some of the most interesting, foundational texts of the subject, it will be required reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and professionals undertaking post-qualifying training.

    Introduction - Reading social work
    Trish McCulloch and Viviene E. Cree

    Part One - The Profession of Social Work

    Commentary One

    Chapter One – Black History Month: a provocation and a timeline
    Charlotte Williams and Claudia Bernard

    Chapter Two – But is it social work?
    Richard Hugman

    Chapter Three – The politics of social work
    Iain Ferguson

    Chapter Four – Changes in the form of knowledge in social work: from the ‘social’ to the ‘informational’?
    Nigel Parton

    Chapter Five – The quest for a universal social work: some issues and implications
    Mel Gray and Jan Fook

    Chapter Six – The (r)evolution and decolonization of social work ethics: The Global Social Work Statement of Ethical Principles
    Vishanthie Sewpaul and Mark Henrickson

    Chapter Seven – Human rights practice: possibilities and pitfalls for developing emancipatory social work
    Sarah Cemlyn

    Chapter Eight – The impact of scandal and inquiries on social work and the personal social services
    Ray Jones

    Chapter Nine – Social work in a risk society
    Stephen A. Webb

    Chapter Ten – Am I my brother’s keeper?
    Zygmunt Bauman

    Chapter Eleven – Research from the Underside
    Bob Holman

    Chapter Twelve – What is Professional Social Work?
    Malcolm Payne

    Chapter Thirteen – The Client Speaks
    Martin Davies

    Chapter Fourteen – Service users and practitioners reunited: the key component for social work reform
    Peter Beresford and Suzy Croft

    Part Two – Knowledge and Values for Social Work

    Commentary Two

    Chapter Fifteen – The sociological imagination
    C. Wright Mills

    Chapter Sixteen – Reassessing attachment theory in child welfare
    Sue White, Matthew Gibson, David Wastell and Patricia Walsh

    Chapter Seventeen – A critique of the adverse childhood experiences framework in epidemiology and public health: Uses and misuses
    Michelle Kelly-Irving and Cyrille Delpierre

    Chapter Eighteen – Resilience: Some conceptual considerations
    Michael Rutter

    Chapter Nineteen – A Critical Understanding of Social Work by Paolo Freire (1919)
    Marilynn Moch

    Chapter Twenty – There is an alternative: homines curans and the limits of neoliberalism
    Joan Tronto

    Chapter Twenty-one – The social model of disability
    Mike Oliver

    Chapter Twenty-two – The relevance of Nancy Fraser for transformative social work education
    Dorothee Hölscher, Vivienne Bozalek and Mel Gray

    Chapter Twenty-three – Feminism for the 99%
    Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser

    Chapter Twenty-four – Intersectionality’s definitional dilemmas
    Patricia Hill Collins

    Chapter Twenty-five – Learning to deliver LGBT+ aged care
    Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Alfonso Pezzella, Sandra Connell, Mojca Urek, Anže Jurček, Agnes Higgins, Brian Keogh, Nina Van de Vaart, Irma Rabelink, George Robotham, Elisa Bus, Charlotte Buitenkamp and Sarah Lewis-Brooke

    Chapter Twenty-six – Towards practicing social work law
    Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot

    Chapter Twenty-seven – What are values and ethics?
    Chris Beckett, Andrew Maynard and Peter Jordan

    Chapter Twenty-eight - Green social work in theory and practice: a new environmental paradigm for the profession
    Lena Dominelli

    Part Three – Practice in Social Work

    Commentary Three

    Chapter Twenty-nine – On the nature of practice
    Michael Whan

    Chapter Thirty – ‘Radical Social Work’ by Roy Bailey and Mike Brake: A Classic Text Revisited
    Steve Rogowski

    Chapter Thirty-one – The critical role of street level bureaucrats
    Michael Lipsky

    Chapter Thirty-two – Assessment in the twenty-first century
    Judith Milner, Steve Myers and Patrick O’Byrne

    Chapter Thirty-three – The significance of African-centered social work for social work practice
    Tricia Bent-Goodley, Colita Nichols Fairfax and Iris Carlton-LaNey

    Chapter Thirty-four – Bridging the Past and Present to the Future of Crisis Intervention and Crisis Management
    Kenneth R. Yeager and Albert R. Roberts

    Chapter Thirty-five – The contemporary context of relationship-based practice
    Gillian Ruch

    Chapter Thirty-six – The ecological systems metaphor in Australasia
    Kieran O'Donoghue and Jane Maidment

    Chapter Thirty-seven – The strengths perspective in social work practice: extensions and cautions
    Dennis Saleebey

    Chapter Thirty-eight – Personalisation through participation: A new script for public services
    Charles Leadbeater

    Chapter Thirty-nine – Collaboration and partnership in context
    Colin Whittington

    Chapter Forty – A review of Donald A. Schön’s, The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action
    Michael Emslie and Rob Watts

    Chapter Forty-one – Making things new: Distant Voices and Unbound at Vox Liminis with Padraig O’Tuama
    Padraig O’Tuama


    Viviene E. Cree (PhD) is Professor Emerita of Social Work Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers, editor of Becoming a Social Worker and co-author of Social Work: Voices from the Inside, all published by Routledge.

    Trish McCulloch (PhD) is Professor of Social Work and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Dundee. She has published widely on justice, social work and, more recently, on social work education and professional learning.