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Empowerment, Participation and Social Work : Practical Social Work - Robert Adams

Empowerment, Participation and Social Work

Practical Social Work

Paperback Published: 4th March 2008
ISBN: 9780230019997
Number Of Pages: 256

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Now in its fourth edition, completely revised and updated, this book continues to offer in-depth coverage spanning both conceptual debates about empowerment and a range of practice issues. The text provides social workers with a clear framework for critical and empowering practice with service users and carers. The author offers an account of the development of empowerment and participation in practice, considering all dimensions, from work with individuals and groupwork, through to organisational, community and political aspects.
The clarity and accessibility, as well as new examples reflecting varied global contexts and material on empowering children and adults, make it an essential resource at all levels of study.

List of figures and tablesp. x
Introduction to the fourth editionp. xiii
Glossaryp. xv
Theories, models and methods for empowering practicep. 1
Understanding empowermentp. 3
Introductionp. 3
Growing significance of empowerment in social workp. 6
Empowering elements of self-helpp. 12
Empowerment in social work: a changing discoursep. 15
Working definitions of empowermentp. 16
Related conceptsp. 18
International developmentsp. 22
Conclusionp. 26
Further readingp. 27
Understanding participation by people who use services and by carersp. 28
Introductionp. 28
Participation and involvement: contested conceptsp. 30
Why participation?p. 31
Factors inhibiting and encouraging empowerment through participationp. 39
Conclusionp. 47
Further readingp. 48
Useful websitep. 48
Frameworks for empowermentp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Theories and modelsp. 50
Problems of power and empowermentp. 59
Developing a framework for empowering social workp. 63
Framework for empowerment in practicep. 74
Conclusionp. 77
Further readingp. 78
Practising empowermentp. 79
Self-empowermentp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Concept of self-empowermentp. 83
Activating self-empowermentp. 83
Process of self-empowermentp. 86
Conclusionp. 93
Further readingp. 94
Useful websitep. 94
Empowering individualsp. 95
Introductionp. 95
Complexity of empowering work with individualsp. 96
Identifying barriers to empowermentp. 97
Overcoming barriers to empowermentp. 100
Empowering individuals in practicep. 104
Empowering approaches to work with individualsp. 110
Conclusionp. 113
Further readingp. 114
Useful websitep. 114
Empowering groupsp. 115
Introductionp. 115
Features of empowering groupsp. 117
Relationships between social workers and self-help/user-led groupsp. 119
Scope of self-help and user-led groupsp. 122
Processes of group-based empowermentp. 130
Conclusionp. 135
Further readingp. 135
Empowering organizationsp. 136
Introductionp. 136
Factors affecting empowerment of people in organizationsp. 136
Changing meanings of governance and citizenshipp. 137
Factors militating against empowerment in organizationsp. 140
Tackling barriersp. 142
Research and theorizing on empowering organizationsp. 143
Building a shared culture in the workplacep. 144
Conclusionp. 150
Further readingp. 151
Empowering communities and political systemsp. 152
Introductionp. 153
Empowering communitiesp. 153
Features of community empowermentp. 157
Empowering political systemsp. 164
Community profilesp. 168
Conclusionp. 169
Further readingp. 170
Empowering researchp. 172
Introductionp. 172
What makes research empowering?p. 174
Approaches to empowering researchp. 176
Empowering qualitative methodologyp. 182
The research processp. 184
Conclusionp. 190
Further readingp. 191
Achieving empowerment in social workp. 193
Introductionp. 193
Empowerment through participationp. 193
A systemic approach to empowering people through participationp. 197
Conclusionp. 208
Further readingp. 209
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780230019997
ISBN-10: 0230019994
Series: Practical Social Work
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th March 2008
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised