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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

ISBN 9781138343931
Published June 16, 2019 by Routledge
448 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values is a comprehensive exploration and assessment of current and future issues facing social work practice and education. It is the first book to codify ethical practices for social workers from across the globe and in myriad workplace settings.

Each section meaningfully captures this complex subject area:

  • ethics writ large

  • visions of diverse values

  • abortion

  • relationship and gender issues

  • micro and mezzo practice settings

  • social work education

  • technological issues

  • spirituality

  • globalism

  • economic issues

  • special topics

Leaving no stone unturned, this handbook comprehensively addresses the most controversial topics in an evenhanded manner. Among professional social workers, values and ethics traverse political boundaries, cultural identifications, and languages. This handbook will help to make sense of this unity within diversity.

With contributions from the world’s leading scholars, this book will be a valuable resource for all social work students, academics, researchers, and practitioners who seek a coherent and objective analysis in the abstract arena of ethics and values.



Stephen M. Marson was educated at the North Carolina State University (PhD) with his minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in social work, The Ohio State University (MSW), and Ohio Dominican University (BA). After 40 years, he retired from his professorship at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is now a Professor Emeritus. He has published and presented numerous papers in the area of social work values and ethics and is the founder and editor of The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Robert E. McKinney, Jr. was educated at The University of Alabama (PhD, MSW) and at Mississippi State University (BA, philosophy). He is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and School of Social Work. He teaches learners from myriad health care disciplines about ethical behaviors and the social determinants of health in an interprofessional educational residency setting at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency – Tuscaloosa Campus. He is a clinical social worker and registered yoga therapist.