Transforming Social Work Practice: Postmodern Critical Perspectives

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What can postmodern theory offer social work practice? Can it be more than deconstructive? Can it be used to enhance professional practice?" "Transforming Social Work Practice shows that postmodern theory offers new strategies for social workers concerned with political action and social justice. It explores ways of developing practice frameworks, paradigms and principles which take advantage of the perspectives offered by postmodern theory without totally abandoning the values of modernity and the Enlightenment project of human emancipation. Case studies demonstrate how these perspectives can be applied to practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415216463
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/1999
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Pease is Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Social Work at RMIT, Melbourne and author of Men and Sexual Politics and Recreating Men. Jan Fook is Professor of Social Work at Deakin University, Australia and author of Radical Casework and editor of The Reflective Researcher.

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Table of Contents

1 Postmodern critical theory and emancipatory social work practice 1
Pt. I Deconstructing the professional and organisational context of social work
2 Social work and its search for meaning: Theories, narratives and practices 25
3 The organisation of social work in the customer culture 40
Pt. II Dealing with diversity and difference
4 Social work ethics: Embracing diversity? 57
5 Challenging victimisation in practice with young women 70
6 Offending mothers: Theorising in a feminist minefield 84
7 Deconstructing masculinity - reconstructing men 97
Pt. III Rethinking critical practice
8 Power and activist social work 115
9 Community development and a postmodernism of resistance 135
10 Empowerment: The modern social work concept par excellence 150
Pt. IV Reconstructing social work education
11 Postmodernism and the teaching and practice of interpersonal skills 161
12 Competing paradigms in mental health practice and education 179
13 Critical reflectivity in education and practice 195
Pt. V Critically interrogating the postmodern
14 Postmodernism, critical theory and social work 211
15 Emancipatory social work for a postmodern age 224
Index 230
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