Social Work Theories and Methods

Overview

The Second Edition of this celebrated book by two of the world’s leading researchers in social work introduces readers to the main theories, theorists and perspectives that contribute to the debate on social work theory and social work methods. It brings together some outstanding international researchers in social work to challenge the reader to critically question how they think about social work.

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Overview

The Second Edition of this celebrated book by two of the world’s leading researchers in social work introduces readers to the main theories, theorists and perspectives that contribute to the debate on social work theory and social work methods. It brings together some outstanding international researchers in social work to challenge the reader to critically question how they think about social work.

With three new chapters, the new edition includes a focus on the psychosocial perspective. Each chapter allows the reader to relate the theories and methods discussed to their own personal experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Wulf Livingston
This edition has retained the feeling of difference that came with the original and thus makes an alternative contribution to this genre of social work texts. It challenges its social worker readership to step outside familiar frameworks and discourse and to travel with the contributors through wider academic scenery and both recapture old connections and inform some new possibilities. It is a modern text, exploring a vast historical panorama, which successfully fuses theories of explanation with methods of intervention, enabling the reader to think about where today’s theoretically informed social work practice has come from.
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Praise for the first edition:

'An excellent book that provides a good deal of valuable material to stimulate debate and to alert readers of the need to engage more critically with the wider world in which social work is located.

Professor Keith Popple, Professor of Social Work, London South Bank University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446208601
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,517,144
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (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 et.al, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Mel Gray and Stephen A. Webb
PART ONE: THEORISTS
Jurgen Habermas - Stan Houston
Anthony Giddens - Harry Ferguson
Pierre Bourdieu - Paul Michael Garrett
Michel Foucault - Jason Powell
Judith Butler - Brid Featherstone and Lorraine Green
PART TWO: THEORIES
Attachment theory - David Howe
Feminist social work - Joan Orme
Critical social work - Mel Gray and Stephen A. Webb
Structural social work - Kate Murray and Steven Hick
Multiculturalism - Purnima Sundar and Mylan Ly
Neoliberalism - Sue Penna and Martin O'Brien
Postmodern social work - Barbara Fawcett
PART THREE: PERSPECTIVES FOR PRACTICE
Cognitive-behavioural approach - Eric L. Garland and A. Bruce Thyer
Ecological approach - Fred Besthorn
Social network analysis - Deirdre Kirke
Ethnography - Jerry Floersch, Jeffrey Longhofer and Megan Nordquest Schwaille
Ethnomethodology - Gerald de Montigny
Discourse and reflexivity - Sue White
Evidence-based practice - Debbie Plath
Ways of knowing - Ian Shaw

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