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The State of Feminist Social Work - Vicky White

The State of Feminist Social Work

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2006
ISBN: 9780415328432
Number Of Pages: 192

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Social work is currently undergoing major change in its policies, organization and day-to-day practice and much has been written about the feminist presence in social work. In particular, feminist social work has focused on the role of women social workers in developing distinctive forms of practice, rooted in a commitment to egalitarian relationships with women service users. The State of Feminist Social Work challenges the limitations of this perspective.

Tracing key ideas in feminist social work from the 1970s through to the present day, and using data from interviews with female social workers, this book draws out tensions between the literature and the actual experience of female social workers. In doing so, it:

  • highlights the significance for feminists of social work's location in the state

  • enables the experiences of women social workers to be explored and placed within their structural context

  • opens up the possibility of diverse identities, identifications and stances amongst women social workers

  • critically examines the current state of feminist social work.

The State of Feminist Social Work provides an important appraisal of the subject and is essential reading for all those with an interest in feminism and social work theory, practice and education.

Industry Reviews

Professor Norma Baldwin Dept of Social Work, University of Dundee:

`It is an interesting and timely proposal arguing for reassessment of previous theoretical positions and looking critically at organisational factors which have not previously been foregrounded. At a time of major change in health and social work organisation this will be helpful. '

Barbara Fawcett Head of Dept of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Bradford:

`There is considerable interest in feminism and social work in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.'

Mary Langan, School of Social Policy, The Open University:

`The new degree in social work will provide a readership for this book.'

Introductionp. 1
Feminist social work identityp. 5
Egalitarian relationships, empowerment and statutory social workp. 16
State social workp. 31
Social work regimesp. 41
Social work educationp. 56
Identities, identifications and stancesp. 78
Egalitarian relationships and empowerment in practicep. 91
Managerialism and practicep. 110
Accommodations and challenges to managerialismp. 126
The state of feminist social workp. 139
Sampling, interviewing and data analysisp. 146
Profile of the women social workersp. 148
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 166
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ISBN: 9780415328432
ISBN-10: 0415328438
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1