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Social Work Values
An Enquiry

ISBN 9781138371156
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

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

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