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Author Dominelli, Lena.

Title Social work : theory and practice for a changing profession / Lena Dominelli.

Published Cambridge, UK : Polity Press ; Malden, MA : Distributed in the USA by Blackwell Publ., 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  361.3 DOMI    DUE 02-12-19
Physical description xi, 1 unnumbered page, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Rethinking social work: Interrogating practice in an uncertain and difficult clime 3 -- Philanthropic gaze: Privileging residual welfare provisions 6 -- Continuities and discontinuities in practice 9 -- Unity and fragmentation in social work 11 -- 2 Social Work: A Profession in Changing Contexts 21 -- Macro-level contexts 25 -- Meso-level contexts 34 -- Micro-level contexts 39 -- 3 Values, Ethics and Empowerment 62 -- Practising social work values: Reconfiguring continuities and discontinuities 63 -- Trust 69 -- A commitment to social justice: A contested value 70 -- Rethinking the life-course within identity 73 -- Identity 75 -- Processes of intervention 81 -- Dance of competing values within the major approaches to social work 83 -- Groupwork: The acknowledgement of systems 84 -- Community work: A concern with structural inequalities 85 -- Valuing social justice and social change: A human rights context for practice 86 -- Training is no longer the preserve of the academy 88 -- Changing agendas 91 -- 4 Social Work Interventions with Children and Families 95 -- Familialist discourses: Understanding different conceptualizations of 'the family' 99 -- Adultist paradigms in child welfare 101 -- Power, control and governmentality 106 -- Constructing childhood through practice 109 -- Policing deviant families: Placing children on the 'at risk' register 116 -- Risk assessment and management in child welfare work 117 -- Failing children 119 -- Revitalizing communities: Approaching child welfare as a collective responsibility 123 -- Assimilation as exclusionary practice 125 -- 5 Social Work Interventions with Older People 135 -- Mobilizing to challenge negative images of older people 139 -- Constructing the older person in social work practice 144 -- Community care 149 -- Commodifying social work with older people 151 -- Elder abuse 152 -- Insecurity and loss in older people's lives 155 -- Young carers providing services for older people 157 -- 6 Social Work Interventions with Offenders 161 -- (Re)configuring environments of crime and control 164 -- Differentiated responses to offenders 166 -- Children's offending behaviour brings poor parenting under fire 171 -- Risk assessment and risk management 175 -- Managing crime statistics 177 -- Managing offending behaviour 183 -- Working with offenders: Changing roles and directions 187 -- Probation: The link with social work 189 -- Breaking the link with social work 192 -- Privatizing parts of the criminal justice system 194 -- From a social work activity to a corrections-based one 196 -- Rise of victims' rights 197 -- Citizenship and offenders' rights to rehabilitation 199 -- 7 Social Work Interventions in Communities 201 -- (Re)defining communities 203 -- Post-war community work in Britain 204 -- Reconfiguring community work in Britain 206 -- Exclusionary community relations 211 -- Control or liberation? 213 -- Communities in social work 215 -- Vulnerability: A factor in oppressing diverse communities 220 -- 8 New Directions for Social Work: Interdependence, Reciprocity, Citizenship and Social Justice 230 -- Social justice and citizenship 232 -- Different visions for social work 237 -- Interdependence and solidarity 239 -- Reciprocity and entitlements 239 -- Modelling new directions for social work 240 -- Education and training 246 -- 9 Conclusions: Social Work, a Force for Change at Individual and Structural Levels 249 -- Practice is thinking and doing 250.
Summary Social work is facing fundamental changes and challenges. Neoliberalism, globalization, corporate management and the mixed economy of welfare have transformed the profession by undermining former certainties of practice. 'Clients' have added their own voice to the need for new models of service delivery. Social Work engages with the dilemmas and opportunities emanating from the contested nature of practice. Using a broad range of theories, this book outlines the knowledge, skills and values that enable practitioners to respond more effectively to the demands of working in fluid and constantly changing contexts. Underpinning the approach that it takes is the idea that 'clients' are citizens with social and human rights which have to be respected. This provides the intellectual basis for a practice rooted in the ideas of citizenship, solidarity and reciprocity, thus reformulating the relationship between 'clients' and society. This important new textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the dilemmas and tensions that practitioners are compelled to resolve in their daily work. It will be invaluable for students taking courses in social work, social welfare and applied sociology as well as nursing and health professionals, social work practitioners and policymakers.
Subject Social service.
Social policy.
Social workers.
ISBN 0745623824 (hb : alk. paper)
0745623832 (pb : alk. paper)