Social work practice and competing philosophies

Verrall, Nigel Myles (2010) Social work practice and competing philosophies. Neo: A Journal of Student Research, 1 (1). ISSN 1759-6874

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Summary: Social work practice has often been subject to trends, something that could arguably be the case now. Postmodernism is on a march that threatens the long-standing modernist perspective on which social work has traditionally been practiced. However, postmodernism has important lessons to teach and may correctly be observed as an alternative practice approach with distinct theories and methods of application.

Findings: The social work profession is under threat from creeping managerialism, bureaucracy and internally competing philosophies. Postmodernist perspectives have much to offer practitioners and the recipients of social work, but may be stifled because organisational structures, including academia, will have to embrace new practice methods in order for postmodernism to achieve widespread legitimacy. Traditional, modern social work practice with its empirically based frameworks and theories remains in the ascendancy for now.

Keywords:Social Work, Knowledge, Practice, Postmodernism, Theory, Evidence
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 10:31

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