Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates


The long awaited new edition of this hugely popular text has been heavily revised to reflect the current needs of students on the first year of their social work degree. With ten new chapters and a wealth of expert contributors, this text looks exclusively and in detail at the topics that matter.

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The long awaited new edition of this hugely popular text has been heavily revised to reflect the current needs of students on the first year of their social work degree. With ten new chapters and a wealth of expert contributors, this text looks exclusively and in detail at the topics that matter.

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Editorial Reviews

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Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates: 1st edition
"...extremely good value for money; an essential for everyone's shelves." -- British Journal of Social Work

Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates: 2nd edition
"A comprehensive second edition of what has become our most popular text for social work students, some of whom refer to it as the social work bible." -- Debbie Williams, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wales

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230218659
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT ADAMS is Visiting Professor of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside. He has a considerable writing and publishing track record, for example as author of Social Policy for Social Work (Palgrave Macmillan), editor of Foundations of Health and Social Care (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), consultant editor for the Handbook of Postqualifying Social Work (Jessica Kingsley 2007).

LENA DOMINELLI is Professor of Applied Social Sciences and Head of Social and Community and Youth Work at the University of Durham. She is an academician in the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences. From 1996 to 2004, she served as President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). She is widely published, with a number of important sole-authored books to her name, particularly in the areas of feminism and anti-racism. These include: Social Work: Theory and Practice in a Changing Profession (Polity Press, 2004); Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice; and Anti-Racist Social Work (3rd edition).

MALCOLM PAYNE is Adviser (Policy and Devleopment) St Christophers Hospice. He is also Emeritus Professor of Community Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Honorary Professor, Kingston University St Georges Medical School. He is author of the global best-seller, Modern Social Work Theory, as well as numerous other books including Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care and The Origins of Social Work and Social Work Practice in Context.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--R.Adams, L.Dominelli &--M.Payne
Towards a critical understanding of social work--R.Adams, L.Dominelli &--M.Payne
Positioning social work--L.Dominelli
The changing nature of social work--V.Cree
Values, ethics and social work--S.Shardlow
Anti-oppressive practice--L.Dominelli
The wider significance of social work--B.Jordan
Social policy, poverty and social work--A.Walker &--C.Walker
Social work and the law--M.Preston-Shoot &--S.Braye
Social work and organisations--S.Perrott
Perspectives on the life course: childhood and adolescence--G.Misca
Perspectives on the life course--later life--R.Adams, L.Dominelli &--M.Payne
Researching social work--H.McLaughlin
Understanding the social work process--M.Payne
Communication in social work--C.Blue &--P.Hanley
Working with service users and carers--H.Charnley, G.Roddam &--j.Simmons
Intervention and empowerment--B.Burke &--J.Dalrymple
Alternative intervention: the mind-body-spirit perspective--S.Man Ng C.Chan
Monitoring, review and evaluation--L.Bell &--M.Payne
Working with children, young people and families--R.Adams
Adult services and health-related social work--M.Payne
Working with the voluntary and community sectors; M.Payne
Practice planning--J.Tilling
Personal and professional development--J.Lishman
Concluding comments--R.Adams, L.Dominelli &--M.Payne

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