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Modernising Social Work: Critical Considerations
     

Modernising Social Work: Critical Considerations

by John Harris (Editor), Vicky White (Editor)
 

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New Labour's modernisation agenda has produced an avalanche of change that has posed formidable challenges for everyone involved in social work, whether as service users, practitioners or managers. "Modernising Social Work" provides a radical appraisal of the far-reaching changes in their theoretical, historical and policy contexts. The book is organised into three

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New Labour's modernisation agenda has produced an avalanche of change that has posed formidable challenges for everyone involved in social work, whether as service users, practitioners or managers. "Modernising Social Work" provides a radical appraisal of the far-reaching changes in their theoretical, historical and policy contexts. The book is organised into three sections that consider: the inter-relationship of modernisation and managerialism, modernisation's impact on service users and the ways in which social workers and front-line managers seek to exercise professional discretion for the benefit of service users within a workplace culture of intensified scrutiny and control. Analysis of a range of key developments in all three areas reveals the modernisation agenda as complex and contested. The book's three sections cover the main issues of the modernisation agenda, making it ideal for teaching. Locating the issues in their theoretical, historical and policy contexts meets the needs of student readers and experienced social workers will appreciate the emphasis on empirical research as well as practice experience.

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John Harris and Vicky White's edited collection is a valuable addition to the growing critical literature on New Labour and social work. Drawing on original research which builds on Harris' earlier groundbreaking analysis of the 'social work business', its contributors challenge the myth of modernisation as an ideology-free zone and provide valuable ammunition for those seeking to develop alternatives to managerial and market-driven approaches. Iain Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling

.....Modernising Social Work is well written and well evidenced and fulfils the objectives of the book; it is worthy of the retail price. Karen Roscoe in Journal of Social Work

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all those in social work and social care, whether practitioners, policy makers or students, especially those concerned with its current direction and who want to attempt to reclaim social work values over economic ones. Ken McLaughlin in British Journal of Social Work

Harris and White have edited an impressive collection of papers which address social work and the modernization agenda.......The texts should be regarded as timely and important reading for all students of social work and social policy. David Denney in Social Policy and Administration

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847420060
Publisher:
Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date:
02/18/2009
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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John Harris, School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick and Vicky White, School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick

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