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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856283779
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Theory and Practice
Introduction 11
What is theory? 12
Paradigms 13
Social science and social work 13
Positivism 14
Hermeneutical science 16
Theory-practice polarisation 17
Education versus training 19
Eclecticism 20
Philosophy and social work 20
Relativism and relativity 22
Applying theory to practice 22
Conclusion 25
3 Existentialism: Basic Principles
Ontology 28
Phenomenology 38
Ethics 44
Social theory 50
Criticisms of existentialism 64
Conclusion 67
Explanatory Note: Language and Terminology 70
4 Existentialism and Theory
Introduction 71
Psychodynamics 72
Behaviourism 84
Interactionism 91
Systems theory 96
Radical social work 101
Traditional approaches to social work 106
Conclusion 112
5 Existentialism and Practice
Child care 116
Social work with older people 134
Existentialist social work practice 149
6 The Sociopolitical Context
The historical background 151
The management of deviance 154
The role of the state 157
Ideology 160
The radical dilemma 164
Conclusion 169
7 Conclusion
Introduction 173
The main themes 173
The way forward 179
Existentialism and social work 182
Principles for practice 186
Bibliography 190
Index 198
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