Narrative Social Work: Theory and Application

Narrative Social Work: Theory and Application

by Clive Baldwin


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Interest in the contribution narrative makes to other disciplines has been booming in recent years, but its impact in social work has been limited and confined mainly to therapeutic intervention. Narrative Social Work is the first book to extend the narrative lens to explore the contribution of narrative to social work values and ethics, social policy, and our understanding of the self in social, cultural, and political contexts. Clive Baldwin argues that narrative is a richly textured approach to social work that can enhance both theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847428257
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Clive Baldwin is the Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies in the School of Social Work at St. Thomas University, New Brunswick, Canada.

Table of Contents

About the authors

Part I: Narrative
1. Introduction to narrative theory (authored with Brandi Estey-Burtt)
Part II: Narrative and social work
2. Narrative, human rights and social justice
3. The narrative Self and social work
4. Social work ethics and narrative
5. Narrative and social policy
Part III: Application
6. Plot, characterisation and rhetoric in child protection
7. The narrative Self in mental health discourse (by Brandi Estey-Burtt)
8. Meta-narratives of disability (authored with Mary-Dan Johnston)


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