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The Challenge of Nationalist Populism for Social Work

A Human Rights Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Carolyn Noble, Goetz Ottmann


264 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Nationalist populism poses direct attacks on social tolerance, human rights discourse, political debates, the survival of the welfare state and its universal services, impacting on the roles of social work. This book demonstrates how nationalist populism can and must be countered.

Using case studies from around the world, this book shows how a revitalised radical social work where community organisation, building alliances, trade union commitment and social action can be used as political forces to speak up against discrimination and hate in accordance with human rights, social justice, and social work values. The rise of national populism signals that now is the time for social work to forge and reforge such networks and create links with civil society and challenge right-wing populist policies wherever they manifest themselves.

It will be of interest to all social work students, practitioners and academics, particularly those working on critical and radical social work, green social work, anti-oppressive practice and community development.

Table of Contents


  1. Right-wing nationalist populism and social work

    Carolyn Noble and Goetz Ottmann

  2. Social Work, Modernity and Right-wing Nationalist Populism

    Jim Ife

  3. White Fragility, Populism, Xenophobia and Late Neoliberalism

    Donna Baines and Virigina Mapedzahama

  4. A radical tradition of community development responses to right-wing populism

    Peter Westoby

  5. The Rise of Angry White Men: Resisting Populist Masculinity and the Backlash Against Gender Equality

    Bob Pease

  6. Right-wing populism and a feminist social work response

    Carolyn Noble

  7. The multifaceted challenges of new right-wing populism to social work: the profession’s swansong or the re-birth of activism?

    Luca Fazzi and Urban Nothdurfter

  8. ‘A roar of defiance against the elites’: Brexit, populism and social work

    Iain Ferguson

  9. Integration in the age of populism: Highlighting key terms in the context of refugee resettlement in the United States

    Caren J. Frost, Kwynn M. Gonzalez-Pons and Lisa H. Gren

  10. Citizenship, populism and social work in the Finnish welfare state

    Kati Turtiainen and Tuomo Kokkonen

  11. Surveillance, Sanctions, and Behaviour-Modification in the name of Far-Right Nationalism: The Rise of Authoritarian ‘Welfare’ in Australia

    Goetz Ottmann

  12. Is welfare chauvinism evident in Australia? Examining right-wing populist views towards Muslim refugees and Indigenous Australians

    Tegan Edwards, Philip Mendes and Catherine Flynn

  13. Resisting the rise of right-wing populism: European Social Work Examples

    Janet Anand, Stefan Borrmann and Chaitali Das

  14. Social workers partnering with populism

    Susie Latham and Linda Briskman

  15. "They live like Animals": Migrants, Roma and Nationalist Populism
  16. Eva Kourova and Stephen A. Webb

  17. Ga Ngaandu Gimubi-li Yalagiirrma (To whom it may concern…)

    Marcus Woolombi Waters


About the Editors

Carolyn Noble is Former Associate Dean and Foundation Professor of Social Work at ACAP in Sydney and Emertia Professor of Social Work at Victoria University, Melbourne. She is active in Australian, Asia Pacific and International Schools of Social Work Associations. Her research interests include social work theory, philosophy and ethics, work-based learning, professional supervision and gender justice. She is editor-in-chief of open access social issues magazine for IASSW.

Goetz Ottmann is Associate Professor of Social Work at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney. He has published extensively on a range of topic including the construction of citizenship in countries within the context of under-developed welfare states and the impact of participatory budgeting and policy making on the development of effective welfare services. He has published three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Social Work

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism