Governing Risk: Care and Control in Contemporary Social Work

Governing Risk: Care and Control in Contemporary Social Work

by M. Hardy


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Drawing on Foucault's later work on governmentality, this book traces the effects of 'the rise of risk' on contemporary social work practice. Focusing on two 'domains' of practice – mental health social work and probation work – it analyses the ways in which risk thinking has affected social work's aims and objectives, methods and approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230364158
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Edition description: 2015
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Hardy is Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Enduring Debates in Social Work 2. Accounting for 'the Rise of Risk' 3. Mental Health Social Work: A Case in Point 4. The Probation Service: Pragmatism in Practice? 5. 'An Analytics of Social Work' 6. A Technical Identity? 7. Risk, Uncertainty and Blame in Contemporary Practice 8. Conclusion: Doing Justice to Social Work

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