1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work

ISBN 9781138578432
Published February 5, 2019 by Routledge
610 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


List of contributors; Foreword: Critical social work and social justice - Jan Fook; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Critical social work and the politics of transformation - Stephen A. Webb; PART I: Historical, social and political influences; Chapter One Welfare words, neoliberalism and critical social work - Paul Michael Garrett; Chapter Two Neoliberal relations of poverty and the welfare state – Sanford F. Shram; Chapter Three Marxist Social Work: an international and historical perspective – Tom Vickers; Chapter Four Critical social work in the U.S.: challenges and conflicts – Michael Reisch; Chapter Five The rise of the global state paradigm: implications for social work – Paul Stepney; PART II: Mapping the theoretical and conceptual terrain; Chapter Six Critical theory and critical social work – Edward Granter; Chapter Seven Reimagining social theory for social work – Christopher Thorpe; Chapter Eight Anarchism and social work – Mark Baldwin; Chapter Nine Relational constructivism and relational social work – Björn Kraus; Chapter Ten Extending Bourdieu for critical social work – Stan Houston; Chapter Eleven Why psychosocial thinking is critical – Liz Frost; Chapter Twelve Feminist contributions to critical social work Viviene E. Cree and Ruth Philips; Chapter Thirteen The politics of Michel Foucault – Paul Michael Garrett; Chapter Fourteen Resistance, biopolitics and radical passivity Stephen A. Webb; PART III: Methods of engagement and modes of analysis; Chapter Fifteen Critical race theory and social work – Monique Constance-Huggins; Chapter Sixteen Indigenous peoples and communities: a critical theory perspective – Brent Angell; Chapter Seventeen Postcolonial feminist social work – Anne C. Deepak; Chapter Eighteen Critical discourse analysis and social work – Karen D. Roscoe; Chapter Nineteen Controversy analysis: contributions to the radical agenda – Natalia Farmer; Chapter Twenty Narrative analysis and critical social work – Sam Larsson; PART IV: Critical contexts for practice and policy; Chapter Twenty-One Green social work and political ecologies – Lena Dominelli; Chapter Twenty-Two Securitising social work: counter terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation – Jo Finch and David McKendrick; Chapter Twenty-Three Issues of ageing, social class, and poverty – Malcolm Carey; Chapter Twenty-Four Critical social work in the new urban age – Charlotte Williams; Chapter Twenty-Five Parents organizing a grassroots movement to reform child welfare  David Tobis; Chapter Twenty-Six Incorporating rurality into a critical ethics of intellectual disability care – Lia Bryant and Bridget Garnham; Chapter Twenty-Seven Neoliberal regimes of welfare in Scandinavia – Edgar Marthinsen; Chapter Twenty-Eight Performativity and sociomaterial becoming: what technologies do – Lucas D. Introna; Chapter Twenty-Nine Challenging scapegoating mechanisms: mimetic desire and self-directed groupwork  Stan Houston and Stephen Coulter; Chapter Thirty Vulnerability and the myth of autonomy – Ian Cummins; Chapter Thirty-One Food banks, austerity and critical social work – Sarah Pollock; Chapter Thirty-Two Ageing, veterans and offending: challenges for critical social work – Paul Taylor and Jason Powel; Chapter Thirty-Three "Do you really want this in front of a judge?" Translation and reversibility in practices of age assessment – Calum Lindsey; Chapter Thirty-Four Toward a multispecies home: bedbugs and the politics of non-human relations – Heather Lynch; Chapter Thirty-Five Adoption, child rescue, maltreatment and poverty June Thoburn and Brigid Featherstone; Chapter Thirty-Six Critical debates in child protection: the production of risk in changing times – Emily Keddell and Tony Stanley; Chapter Thirty-Seven LGBT issues and critical social work – Urban Nothdurfter; PART V: Professional education and socialisation; Chapter Thirty-Eight Promoting activism and critical social work education – Christine Morley; Chapter Thirty-Nine Social work education and the challenge of neoliberal hegemony – Jane Fenton; Chapter Forty Embedding critical reflection across the curriculum – Fiona Gardner; Chapter Forty-One Contesting doxa in social work education – Liz Beddoe; Chapter Forty-Two Insinuating: understanding approaches to critical practice – Cynthia J. Gallop; Chapter Forty-Three Responding to neoliberalism in social work education: A neo-Gramscian approach – John Wallace and Bob Pease; PART VI: Future challenges, directions and transformations; Chapter Forty-Four Reprioritising social work practice: towards a reconnection of the personal and the social – Peter Beresford and Suzy Croft; Chapter Forty-Five Responding to political polarization: the new social work radicalism – Iain Ferguson; Chapter Forty-Six Popular social work – Michael Lavalette; Chapter Forty-Seven Challenging harmful political contexts through activism Linda Briskman; Chapter Forty-Eight Imperialism, colonialism and a Marxist epistemology of 'critical peace' – Vasilios Ioakimidis and Nicos Trimikliniotis; Index

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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.