First published in 1989, The Haunt of Misery offers social workers and students critical essays for critical times. Faced with unreflective wealth creation and the fragmentation of the counterculture, social work is perceived as failing to meet the needs of the client. Many social workers are left feeling angry, stranded and confused. Written by academics and professionals, the essays range over social work and unemployment, the crisis of AIDS and HIV infection, drug use, client collectives, the elderly, the ethnic minorities, professionalism, and self-management. The authors offer constructive criticism of existing social work practice and suggest radical and exciting issues for the profession in the 1990s and beyond.
List of Contributors Editors’ note Introduction 1. Women and men without work Geoffrey Pearson 2. Finding the right response Geraldine Peacock 3. ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’ Patricia Kearney 4. Users fight back Stewart Collins and Mike Stein 5. The sound of silence Mary Marshall 6. Social work with black people Roger Ballard 7. Mental or experimental? Social workers, clients and psychiatry Stewart Collins 8. Social work and self-management Chris Rojek Name index Subject index