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Social Work and Social Exclusion: The Idea of Practiceby Michael Sheppard
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Social exclusion (and inclusion) is a topic of major importance in contemporary social work and has been a core feature of social policy developments in the UK and Europe in the past decade.Michael Shepperd argues that the issue of social exclusion lies at the very heart of social work and he examines the implications of this position for both theory and practice. The book discusses a range of major themes in social work, looking at how they reflect an underlying concern with social exclusion. They include empowerment, need, the exercise of authority, choice, evidence-based practice and reflexive practice.The book makes clear that even though the term 'social exclusion' is of recent origin, it provides a framework for understanding the enduring themes of social work. It will be essential reading for practitioners and students in social work and it will also be of interest within social policy generally, offering an example of the way in which social exclusion becomes an issue of professional concern in welfare, and the form this takes in practice.
Social Work and Social Exclusion offers an original contribution to the understanding of social work and includes a reappraisal of some fundamental aspects of the profession and its practice. It explores a number of key aspects of social work including social work values and knowledge, empowerment, need, authority and choice, judgment and decision making, evidence-based practice and reflective practice, showing how they reflect an underlying concern with social exclusion.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Social exclusion and social work — Social work and social exclusion — The nature of social work — Knowledge and values, postmodernism and social work — Need — Authority and choice — Empowerment — Maintenance, social functioning and coping — Interpretivism, reflection and social work as art — Social work, science and technical instrumentalism — Judgement and decision making : practical reasoning, process knowledge and critical thinking — Social work intervention and human nature — Conclusion : the discipline of social work.
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