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Social Work Values

An Enquiry, 1st Edition

By Noel Timms


166 pages

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Originally published in 1983 Social Work Values is a sustained enquiry about the present situation of social work. It describes the treatment of social work values in the social work literature and in research, and pursues three distinct avenues towards an improvement on the present unsatisfactory treatment. First, the book introduces and encourages more philosophical reflection on the customary ‘lists’ of social work values. Second, it investigates three social work controversies: between the Charity Organisation Society and ‘the Socialists’; between the Functionalist and the Diagnostic schools of social work; and between ‘radical’ Marxists and ‘the rest’. Third, and finally it explores the treatment of ‘value’ and ‘values’ in economics, sociology, ordinary usage, and philosophy, in order to establish the distinctive elements to which the term ‘values’ is applied.

Table of Contents


1. An Overview

2. The Function and Treatment of ‘Values’ in Social Work

3. Conscience in Social Work: Toward the Practice of Moral Judgement

4. Traditional Values and Neglected Disvalues

5. Three Controversies

6. Values, Valuations and Value Judgement I

7. Values, Valuations and Value Judgement II

8. Conclusions



Subject Index

Name Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Noel Timms

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 1983, draw together research by leading sociologist Noel Timms. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of social work, with a focus on social policy, language, psychiatry and philosophy within the area of social work. This set is a celebration of the rich collection of work written by Noel Timms throughout his distinguished career.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General