This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.
Lester Parrott is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Keele University where he teaches and publishes in the area of social policy and social work. He is the author of "Social Work and Social Care", a textbook on the relevance and relationship of social policy to social workers.
Theory, Ideology and Discourse in Social Work Hayek, Markets and Social Work Management and Managerialism Risk and Social Work Bourdieu and Social Work New Approaches to Stigma A New Culture of Poverty? Globalisation and Social Work Conclusion