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Social Workers, the Community and Social Interaction : Intervention and the Sociology of Welfare - John Offer

Social Workers, the Community and Social Interaction

Intervention and the Sociology of Welfare

Paperback Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9781853027314
Number Of Pages: 200

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Social workers are called upon to perform their varied tasks in a wide range of social settings, often involving intensely intimate contact with, and intervention in, a person's private moral and social world. Offering insights into the lives and motives of social work service users, Social Workers, The Community and Social Interaction demonstrates the practical relevance of recent sociological research for good social work practice. The book examines such topics as:

· how social work is taught, managed and delivered
· the interaction between clients and social workers
· the nature of social life in institutions
· how stigmatisation shapes social interaction
· 'deviancy' and its policing
· informal care and how social work can relate to it
· everyday ideas and beliefs about poverty, inequality and illness.

The author argues that sociology is an undervalued resource for social work training and education, and, emphasising the importance of competences in social work, shows how a greater awareness of sociological issues can help improve services for clients.

Industry Reviews

Social workers perform their tasks in a wide variety of social settings, involving intensely intimate contacts that intervene in a clients moral and social privacy. In this book the author argues the practical relevance of actual sociological research as a valuble resource that can help improve services for clients. A highly recommended book for all practitioners, teachers, managers, social policy planners, and students interested in sociological aspects in our society. -- Bulletin This book will be a useful resource for teaching. The author is convincing in his grasp of contemporary issues in social work and is successful in bringing his sociological perspective to bear on these issues. -- International Social Work The book is divided into chapters that focus on the relationship between social work and service users, informal care, illness, institutions, stigma, delinquency and relative deprivation. The text is broken down into easy-to-follow sections accompanied by references to the literature that will be useful to students. -- Community Care We've been struggling for a text, but this is great for us... because it covers a wide range of material in a way that will be understandable by both the sociology and social work students. I particularly like the progression of the book, with each chapter following on well from the last. -- Graham Allen, Department of Sociology, University of Southampton

Prefacep. 7
Service Users and Social Workersp. 11
Social Work and Informal Carep. 32
Health, Illness and Social Workp. 54
Institutions and Social Workp. 75
Stigma, Discrimination and Social Workp. 95
Delinquency, Social Work and the Policep. 113
Relative Deprivation, Sociology and Social Workp. 134
Sociology and Social Workp. 158
Referencesp. 175
Subject Indexp. 191
Author Indexp. 194
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ISBN: 9781853027314
ISBN-10: 1853027316
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st February 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32