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Engaging with Social Work
A Critical Introduction

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108452816

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  • Contemporary global challenges require practitioners to confidently analyse the dominant discourses and develop frameworks and strategies for future change. Engaging with Social Work equips students with a critical perspective and develops their understanding of social work and human services practice, with an emphasis on the principles of social justice and human rights. This fully revised second edition includes a new chapter on the emerging challenges and opportunities for social work, covering rising global inequality, re-invigorated possibilities for addressing violence against women, and threats to the planet. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are integrated throughout the text to provide a more in-depth understanding. Reflective exercises, key definitions, case studies and unique practitioners' perspectives are integrated into each chapter to support learning. Engaging with Social Work provides an accessible, research-informed and rigorous introduction to complex concepts, theories and analyses, and develops a solid skill-set to prepare students for professional practice.

    • Provides an integrated critical perspective to practising social work and encourages the reader to challenge dominant social discourses and to consider their own personal values, biases and assumptions
    • This new edition covers the prominent topics of family violence, critical practice with diverse communities and responding to the rise in global inequality
    • A new instructor website includes links to video resources and web materials, accompanied by extension questions
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108452816
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 190 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 46 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The critical potential of social work
    2. Where in the world are we? The contexts of practice
    3. What can we do? A critical response to social contexts
    4. How did we get here? The history of critical social work
    5. Values and ethics for critical practice
    6. Theories for practice
    7. Social work practice
    8. Diverse voices
    9. Fields of practice
    10. Contemporary and emerging challenges (and opportunities) for social work
    11. Advancing critical social work into the future.

  • Authors

    Christine Morley, Queensland University of Technology
    Christine Morley is Professor of Social Work at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

    Phillip Ablett, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
    Phillip Ablett is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

    Selma Macfarlane, Deakin University, Victoria
    Selma Macfarlane is a Lecturer in Social Work at Deakin University, Victoria.

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