2nd Edition

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

By Viviene E. Cree Copyright 2010
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    How does a social work student make the connection between sociological knowledge and day-to-day social work?

    Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers provides an introduction to sociological ideas and research and places them firmly into the context of actual social work practice. It encourages readers to develop critical awareness and reach their own judgements about the usefulness and implications of holding certain conceptual positions and shows how social work can be better informed and improved by doing so.

    Fully revised and updated throughout, this second edition examines sociology in relation to key areas of social work and probation practice, and includes one new chapter. Areas covered are:

    • Family
    • Childhood
    • Youth
    • Community
    • Care and Caring
    • Health and Illness
    • Crime.

    Essential reading for all social work and probation studies students, this text looks beyond individual and psychological explanations and solutions to develop a sociological knowledge base for social work practice.

    1. Sociological perspectives  2. Family  3. Childhood  4. Youth  5. Community  6. Care and caring  7. Health and illness  8. Crime and deviance  9. Towards sociological practice


    Viviene E. Cree is Professor of Social Work Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is the editor of Social Work: A Reader and Becoming a Social Worker and co-author of Social Work: Voices from the Inside, all published by Routledge. She is also co-author of Social Work: Making a Difference and co-editor of the series Social Work in Practice, published jointly by BASW and the Policy Press.

    ‘In her immensely readable book, Professor Cree enthusiastically demonstrates that the study of sociology can help students improve their social work practice. In doing so, she shows that sociology has been a key influence on politics in the past 50 years - especially in its analysis of family and community.’ - Martin Davies, University of East Anglia, UK