1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work

Edited By Stephen Webb Copyright 2019
    654 Pages
    by Routledge

    654 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work brings together the world’s leading scholars in the field to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the subject.

    Comprised of 48 chapters divided into six parts:

    • Historical, social, and political influences

    • Mapping the theoretical and conceptual terrain

    • Methods of engagement and modes of analysis

    • Critical contexts for practice and policy

    • Professional education and socialisation

    • Future challenges, directions, and transformations

    it provides an authoritative guide to theory and method, and the primary debates of today in social work from a critical perspective.

    This handbook is a major reference work and the first book to comprehensively map the wide-ranging territory of critical social work. It does so by addressing its conceptual developments, its methodological advances, its value-based front-line practice and as an influence on the policy field. By offering a definitive survey of current academic knowledge as it relates to professional practice, it provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date, definitive work of reference while at the same time identifying emerging, innovative and cutting-edge areas.


    Stephen A. Webb is Professor of Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University. His research interests focus on social work and social theory, with a focus on ethics, power, politics and community. His article on evidence-based practice published in the British Journal of Social Work was the world’s most cited article and the most influential publication in social work over ten years. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.