1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of International Critical Social Work New Perspectives and Agendas

Edited By Stephen A. Webb Copyright 2023
    726 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    726 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of International Critical Social Work is a companion volume to the Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work. It brings together world-leading scholars in the field to provide additional, in-depth and provocative consideration of alternative and progressive ways of thinking about social work.
    Critical social work is increasingly involved in a global conversation, and as a subfield of social work it is rapidly becoming an interdisciplinary field in its own right and promoting novel forms of political activism. The Handbook showcases the global influences and path-breaking ideas of critical social work and examines the different stances taken on important political and ethical issues. It provides the first complete survey of the vibrant field of critical social work in a rich international context. This definitive volume is one of the most comprehensive source books on crucial social work that is available on the international stage and an essential guide for anyone interested in the politics of social work. 

    The Handbook is divided into sever sections

    • Thinking the Political

    • Politics and the Ruins of Neoliberalism

    • Negotiating the State: Resistance, Protest and Dissent

    • Race, Bordering Practices and Migrants

    • Post Colonialism, Subaltern and the Global South

    • Critical Feminism, Sexuality and Gender Politics

    • Posthumanism, Pandemics and Environment


    The Handbook is comprised of 46 newly written chapters (and one reprint) which concentrate on differences between European and American contributions in this field as well as explicitly identifying the significance of critical social work in the context of Latin America. It provides a further vital trajectory of intellectual practice theory via interdisciplinary discussion of areas such as biopolitics, critical race theory, boundaries of gender and sexuality, queer studies, new conceptions of community, issues of public engagement, racism and Roma people, ecological feminism, environmental humanities and critical animal studies.
    The Handbook is an innovative and authoritative guide to theory and method as they relate to policy issues and practice and focus on the primary debates of today in social work from a critical perspective, and will be required reading for all students, academics and practitioners of social work and related professions.

    Introduction - Analytics of Power and Politics for Social Work: Introduction to the Handbook
    Stephen A. Webb

    Chapter 1 - Elements for a Critical Theory of Social Work
    Fabian Kessl

    Chapter 2 – ‘Passing on’ Critical Social Work
    Tina E. Wilson

    Chapter 3 – Horror Autotoxicus: Critical Social Work as Autoimmunity
    Stephen A. Webb

    Chapter 4 – A View of ‘Social Work’ through the attualità of Italian Thought
    Heather Lynch

    Chapter 5 – Reconceptualising Welfare and Social Justice for Critical Social Work
    Jessica H. Jönsson

    Chapter 6 – The New Left and Social Work
    Ian Cummins

    Chapter 7 – How Critical Social Work Theory Informs Radical Social Work Practice
    Colin Turbett

    Chapter 8 – Neoliberal Social Work and Digital Technology
    John Harris

    Chapter 9 – The Hardening of Neoliberalism on Social Work in a Pandemic Scenario
    Cristina Pinto Albuquerque

    Chapter 10 – Accelerated Time in the Neoliberal University
    Kristin Smith

    Chapter 11 – Critical Social Work with Children and Families in the Neoliberal World
    Steve Rogowski

    Chapter 12 – The Biopolitics of Childhood
    Zlatana Knezevic

    Chapter 13 – Widening the Securitisation Net in Social Work
    David McKendrick and Jo Finch

    Chapter 14 – Ideology, Critical Social Work and the Tyranny of Resilience
    Di Galpin, Annastasia Maksymluk and Andy Whiteford

    Chapter 15 – Dissenting Social Work
    Paul Michael Garrett

    Chapter 16 – Critical Social Work as Imperfect Work
    Rudi Roose

    Chapter 17 – Disruptive Social Work from a Global Perspective
    Guy Feldman

    Chapter 18 – Social Work and the Movement to Abolish the Child Welfare System
    Alan J. Dettlaff

    Chapter 19 – Political Transition, Revolution and Radical Social Work
    Pedro Gabriel Silva

    Chapter 20 – Radical Approaches to Anti-Poverty Strategies
    Uschi Bay

    Chapter 21 – Critical Social Work and Extreme Events
    Reima Ana Maglajlic

    Chapter 22 – Radical Approaches to Mental Health Social Work
    Jim Campbell, Kerry Cuskelly and Jim Walsh

    Chapter 23 – Decolonisation, Whiteness and Anti-Racist Social Work
    Gurnam Singh

    Chapter 24 – The Longue Durée of Black Lives Matter
    Alondra Nelson

    Chapter 25 – Social Work with Borders: Bordering Technologies and Human Rights
    Natalia Farmer

    Chapter 26 – The Said and the Unsaid: Confronting Racism in Social Work as ‘Uncanny’
    Ameil Joseph

    Chapter 27 – Anti-Roma Racism, Social Work and the White Civilizatory Mission
    Sebijan Fejzula and Cayetano Fernández

    Chapter 28 – Contesting Antigypsyism in Public Policy
    Jekatyerina Dunajeva and Marek Szilvasi

    Chapter 29 – Social Intervention and Migration: Critical Contributions
    Laura C. Yufra

    Chapter 30 – Empowerment as Biopolitical: The Case of Roma People in the Czech Republic
    Eva Kourova and Stephen A. Webb

    Chapter 31 – Decolonising International Social Work
    Richard Hugman

    Chapter 32 – International Social Work: Theoretical Decolonising from a Tribal Gaze
    s.r. bodhi

    Chapter 33 – Speaking about or for the Subaltern
    Cynthia Pizarro

    Chapter 34 – Native Americans and Tribal Life: Historical Oppression and Transcendence
    Catherine E. McKinley

    Chapter 35 – Marxism and Social Work in Brazil
    Henrique Wellen

    Chapter 36 – Critical Social Work in Brazil: Historical, Theoretical and Methodological Developments
    Carina Berta Moljo and Cláudia Mônica dos Santos

    Chapter 37 – Towards a Critical Turn: Social Work in Chile
    Paula Vidal, Mariléia Goin, Nathaly Díaz and Alfredo Vielma

    Chapter 38 – Doing Feminist Social Work: Working in, around and against Settler Patriarchal Rule
    Norah Hosken and Sevi Vassos

    Chapter 39 – Sexuality, LQBTQ Issues and Critical Social Work: Thinking with Queer and Post-Queer Theories
    Stephen Hicks and Dharman Jeyasingham

    Chapter 40 – Beyond the Gender Binary as Liberatory Social Work Practice
    Jama Shelton, Shirley Li and Maggie Dunleavy

    Chapter 41 – Transgender, Human Rights and Social Work
    Sofia Smolle and Anna Siverskog

    Chapter 42 – Agential Realism for Social Work
    Vivienne Bozalek

    Chapter 43 – Critical Social Work, Material Culture and Object
    Mark Doel

    Chapter 44 – Plastic Participation: Love and Social Work with Children
    Teresa K. Aslanian

    Chapter 45 – Social Work and Environmental Justice: Expanding Critical Social Work
    Smitha Rao, Samantha Teixeira and Shanondora Billiot

    Chapter 46 – Green Social Work and Social Justice
    Jennifer Boddy and Sharlene Nipperess

    Chapter 47 – Social Work Practice in the Post COVID-19 Era
    Walter Lorenz


    Stephen A. Webb is Professor of Social Work and Assistant Vice Principal of Community and Public Engagement at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and previously worked as Research Professor at University of Newcastle, Australia and University of Sussex. Stephen is author of Social Work in a Risk Society (2006), and co-author/editor of The New Politics of Social Work (2013); Evidence-based Social Work: A Critical Stance (2009, Routledge); Ethics and Value Perspectives in Social Work (2010); Social Work Theories and Methods (2012, second edition, translated into Korean and Polish); The SAGE Handbook of Social Work (2012); the major international reference work International Social Work (2010, 4 Volumes); and Information and Communication Technology in the Welfare Services (2003). In 2019 he edited the Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work (2019), a major international reference work. His research interests focus on theorising social work, biopolitics, community, place and the more-than-human.