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Social Work and Neoliberalism

ISBN 9780367695484
Published September 27, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

Social work educators and practitioners are grappling with many difficulties confronting the profession in the context of an increasingly neoliberal world.

The contributors of this book examine how neoliberalism — and the modes with which it structures the world — has an impact on, and shapes, social work as a disciplinary ‘field’. Drawing on new empirical work, the chapters in this book highlight how neoliberalism is affecting social work practices ‘on the ground’. The book seeks to stimulate international debate on the totalizing effects of neoliberalism, and in so doing, also identify various ways through which it can be resisted both locally and globally.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Social Work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Social work and neoliberalism

Edgar Marthinsen, Anne Juberg, Nina S. Skjefstad and Paul Michael Garrett

1. What are we talking about when we talk about ‘Neoliberalism’?

Paul Michael Garrett

2. Neoliberalism as an art of governance: reflecting on techniques for securing life through direct social work practice

Uschi Bay

3. Servants of a ‘sinking titanic’ or actors of change? Contested identities of social workers in Sweden

Jessica H. Jönsson

4. Human rights and social justice in social work education: a critical realist comparative study of England and Spain

María Inés Martínez Herrero and Helen Charnley

5. Clients and case managers as neoliberal subjects? Shaping session tasks and everyday interactions with severely mentally ill (SMI) clients

Eunjung Lee, A. Ka Tat Tsang, Marion Bogo, Marjorie Johnstone and Jessica Herschman

6. ‘NEET’ to work? – Substance use disorder and youth unemployment in Norwegian public documents

Anne Juberg and Nina Schiøll Skjefstad

7. Responsibilisation, social work and inclusive social security in Finland

Suvi Raitakari, Kirsi Juhila and Jenni-Mari Räsänen

8. Impact of neo-liberalism in Spain: research from social work in relation to the public system of social services

Enrique Pastor Seller, Carmen Verde Diego and Ana I. Lima Fernandez

9. The neoliberal turn in Chilean social work: frontline struggles against individualism and fragmentation

Gianinna Muñoz Arce

10. Social workers: a new precariat? Precarity conditions of mental health social workers working in the non-profit sector in Greece

Maria Pentaraki and Konstantina Dionysopoulou

11. Social work’s ‘black hole’ or ‘Phoenix moment’? Impacts of the neoliberal path in social work profession in Portugal

Cristina Pinto Albuquerque

12. Romanian social workers facing the challenges of neo-liberalism

Florin Lazăr, Anca Mihai, Daniela Gaba, Alexandra Ciocănel, Georgiana Rentea and Shari Munch

13. Mind your own business: technologies for governing social worker subjects

Marcus Lauri

14. Neoliberalisation, the social investment state and social work

Edgar Marthinsen

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Edgar Marthinsen is Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Nina Skjefstad is Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Anne Juberg is Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Paul Michael Garrett works at NUI Galway, Republic of Ireland.