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Critical Social Work  :  Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World : 2nd Edition - June Allan

Critical Social Work

Theories and Practices for a Socially Just World : 2nd Edition

By: June Allan (Editor), Linda Briskman (Editor), Bob Pease (Editor)

Paperback Published: October 2009
ISBN: 9781742370927
Number Of Pages: 368

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Critical Social Work starts from the premise that a central goal of social work practice is social change to redress social inequality. Taking a critical theoretical approach, the authors explore the links between personal and social change.

They confront the challenges for critical social work in the context of pressures to separate the personal from the political and in responding to the impact of changes in the socio-political, statutory and global contexts of practice. Critical Social Work has been revised to take into account recent social, economic and political developments.

Coverage of theoretical frameworks has been substantially expanded and reflects current concerns such as evidence-based practice and human rights. The causes of people's marginalisation and oppression are examined in relation to class, race, ethnicity, gender and other forms of social inequality. New case study chapters on disability, older people, children, rurality, and violence and abuse are included.

About the Author

June Allan is senior lecturer in social work at RMIT University. Linda Briskman holds the Dr. Haruhisa Handa Chair in Human Rights Education at Curtin University. Bob Pease is chair of social work at Deakin University.

Prefacep. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Introducing critical theories for social work in a neo-liberal contextp. 3
Developing conceptual frameworks for critical social workp. 15
Tracing the origins of critical social work practicep. 17
Theorising new developments in critical social workp. 30
From evidence-based practice to critical knowledge in post-positivist social workp. 45
Promoting a human rights perspective on critical social workp. 58
Doing critical social workp. 70
Resisting domination and oppressionp. 89
Towards anti-racist and culturally affirming practicesp. 91
Reversing colonial practices with Indigenous peoplesp. 105
Reconstructing social work practices with familiesp. 117
Examining the meaning of childhood in critical social work practicep. 132
Using critical reflection to improve feminist practicep. 145
Challenges and directions for profeminist practice with menp. 160
Empowering and rights-based approaches to working with older peoplep. 175
Disabling discourses and enabling practices in disability politicsp. 188
Opening spaces for alternative understandings in mental health practicep. 201
Weaving together the personal and the political in loss and griefp. 214
Addressing violence and abuse in a gendered worldp. 228
Locating critical social work in shifting worldsp. 241
Critical practice in a changing contextp. 243
Enacting critical social work in publicly funded contextsp. 255
Framing critical social work practices with rural and remote communitiesp. 268
For a solidarity-based practice in the globalising contextp. 281
Notesp. 295
Referencesp. 298
Indexp. 342
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ISBN: 9781742370927
ISBN-10: 1742370926
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 17.7  x 2.794
Weight (kg): 0.757
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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