International Social Work


This four-volume set covers a broad scope and range of international social work knowledge and research and contains seminal and landmark publications in social work with a particular emphasis on contemporary key publications to compliment earlier classic works. The readings combine empirical with conceptual articles that not only cover significant knowledge and key debates in the field but also show how international social work has developed through research.

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This four-volume set covers a broad scope and range of international social work knowledge and research and contains seminal and landmark publications in social work with a particular emphasis on contemporary key publications to compliment earlier classic works. The readings combine empirical with conceptual articles that not only cover significant knowledge and key debates in the field but also show how international social work has developed through research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847875631
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Edition description: Four Volume Set
  • Pages: 1680
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 4.70 (d)

Meet the Author

In 2008 Stephen Webb was appointed from the University of Sussex, UK to the University of Newcastle. He is Professor of Human Sciences and Director of the newly established Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (RISIW). Professor Webb is one of the worlds leading international researchers in the field of human services, Social Policy and is a pioneer of evidence-based practice research. His influential international research and publications since the late 1980s have significantly enriched the field of human services research by bringing innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives to the evaluation of social interventions and professional practice. His 2006 book Social Work in a Risk Society is widely acclaimed by international reviewers as demonstrating advanced scholarship and integrating sociological analysis to construct new conceptual and methodological frameworks in social work. His 2001 publication: ‘Some considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work’, British Journal of Social Work, 31 (1), pp.57-79 is the world's highest cited social work (field 1607) publication and ranked as the most influential journal article in the discipline over the past decade (Hodge, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Perspectives on the Development of Welfare
Citizenship and Social Class - T. H. Marshall
The Three Political Economies of the Welfare State - Gosta Esping-Anderson
The New Politics of the Welfare State - Paul Pierson
Welfarism, Governance and the State
Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State - Claus Offe
Society, the State, Social Problems and Social Policy - Vic George and Paul Wilding
Relief, Labour and Civil Disorder: An overview - Francis Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
The Changing Governance of Welfare: Recent trends in its primary functions, scale, and modes of coordination - Bob Jessop
Welfare Professionals and Street Level Bureaucrats
Professional Work - Andrew Abbott
Am I my Brother's Keeper? - Zygmunt Bauman
The Professional is Political - Ann Hartman
Street-level Bureaucrats as Policy Makers - Michael Lipsky
Gender, Care and the Subject of Welfare
Women and Social Welfare - Gillian Pascall
Gender and the Development of Welfare Regimes - Jane Lewis
The Concept of Social Care and the Analysis of Contemporary Welfare States - Mary Daly and Jane Lewis
Good-enough Principles for Welfare - Fiona Williams
Democratic Subjects - Barbara Cruikshank
Welfare and Social Development
Growth, Redistribution, and Welfare: Toward social investment - James Midgley
The Place of Social Capital in Understanding Social and Economic Outcomes - Michael Woolcock
Practice Perspectives
Is Social Work a Profession? - Abraham Flexner
The Problem-Solving Work - Helen Harris Perlman
Is Casework Effective? A review - Joel Fischer
Conceptions of Social Work - Juliet Cheetham
The Life Model of Social Work Practice: An overview - Carel Germain and Alex Gitterman
Behavioral Social Work: Past, present, and future - Eileen Gambrill
The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice: Extensions and cautions - Dennis Saleebey
Knowledge for Practice
Knowledge for Social Work - Olive Stevenson
Boundaries of Social Work or Social Work of Boundaries - Andrew Abbott
Notes on the Form of Knowledge in Social Work - Mark Philip
Many Ways of Knowing - Ann Hartman
The Knowledge Base of Social Work Practice: Theory, wisdom, analogue, or art - Howard Goldstein
The Ethical Implications of Current Theoretical Developments in Social Work - Mel Gray
The Theory and Practice relationship
Some Thoughts on the Relationship between Theory and Practice in and for Social Work - Nigel Parton
Surface and Depth in Social Work Practice - David Howe
Practice Assessment
Reflections on the Assessment of Outcomes in Child Care - Roy Parker
Common Errors of Reasoning in Child Protection Work - Eileen Munro
Practicing Empowerment
Rethinking Empowerment - Barbara Levy Simon
Empowerment and Oppression: An indissoluble pairing for contemporary social work - David Ward and Audrey Mullender
Empowering Practice: Understanding and managing user-worker processes - Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot
Mapping the Social Work Research Agenda
Cutting Edge Issues in Social Work Research - Ian F. Shaw
Confirmational Response Bias among Social Work Journals - William M. Epstein
A Code of Ethics for Social Work and Social Care Research - Ian Butler
Research Note: Research and empowerment - Peter Beresford and Clare Evans
Qualitative Social Work Research
The Social Work Context for Qualitative Research - Ian F. Shaw and Nick Gould
Does the Glove Really Fit? Qualitative research and clinical social work practice - Deborah K. Padgett
Theorizing from Practice: Towards an inclusive approach for social work research - Jan Fook
Issues of Visibility and Colleague Relationships - Andrew Pithouse
Researching Reflective Practice
Schon Shock: A case for refraining reflection-in-action? - Michael Eraut
There's No Such Thing as Reflection - Graham Ixer
Evidence-based Social Work
Developing Empirically Based Models of Practice - Betty J. Blythe and Scott Briar
Evidence-Based Social Care: Wheels off the runway? - Geraldine Macdonald
Some Considerations on the Validity of Evidence-based Practice in Social Work - Stephen Webb
The Validity of Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work: A reply to Stephen Webb - Brian Sheldon
Evidence-Based Practice: Counterarguments and objections - Leonard Gibbs and Eileen Gambrill
Evidence-Based Practice and Social Work - C. Aaron Mc Neece and Bruce A. Thyer
Critical Perspectives
The Relationship between Qualitative and Quantitative Research: Paradigm loyalty versus methodological eclecticism - Martyn Hammersley
Science, Research, and Social Work: Who controls the profession - H. Jacob Karger
The Quest for Evidence-Based Practice? We are all positivists! - Bruce A. Thyer
Evaluation with One Eye Closed: The empiricist agenda in social work research - Peter Rayner
The Limits of Positivism in Social Work Research - David Smith
Beyond Retroduction?-Hermeneutics, reflexivity and social work practice - Susan White
The Future(s) of Social Work
The Social Work Revolution - Joel Fischer
Social Work Practice in the 21st Century - Brian Sheldon
The Movement of Social Work to Private Practice (and Away From the Poor) - Harry Specht and Mark E. Courtney
Social Work in the University - W.M. Epstein
Social Work at the Crossroads - Mark Lymbery
The Future of Social Work as a Profession - Leon Ginsberg
Social Work, Modernity and Postmodernity
Social Work, Modernity and Post Modernity - Graham B. Mc Beath and Stephen Webb
Modernity, Postmodernity and Social Work - David Howe
Deprofessionalizing Social Work: Anti-oppressive practice, competencies and postmodernism - Lena Dominelli
Problematics of Government, (Post) Modernity and Social Work - Nigel Parton
Parton, Howe and Postmodernity: A critical comment on mistaken identity - Carole Smith and Susan White
New Policies and Technologies
Mapping Child-Care Social Work in the Final Years of the Twentieth Century: A critical response to the 'looking after children' system' - Paul Michael Garrett
Tough Love: Social work, social exclusion and the third way - Bill Jordan
The Impact of Audit on Social Work Practice - Eileen Munro
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should social work develop them? - Matthew Owen Howard and Jeffery M. Jenson
Interprofessionality in Health and Social Care: The Achilles' heel of partnership? - Bob Hudson
Service Users, Social Policy and the Future of Welfare - Peter Beresford
International Social Work
Professionalization in Social Work: The challenge of diversity - Richard Hugman
Issues in International Social Work: Resolving critical debates in the profession - James Midgley
Local Orders and Global Chaos in Social Work - Stephen Webb
Defining Social Work for the 21st Century - Isadora Hare
Dilemmas of International Social Work: Paradoxical processes in indigenization, universalism and imperialism - Mel Gray

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