The second edition of this celebrated book by two of the world's leading researchers in social work introduces readers to the main theories, theorists and perspectives that contribute to the debate on social work theory and social work methods. It brings together some outstanding international researchers in social work to challenge the reader to critically question how they think about social work.
The new edition includes a focus on the psychosocial perspective, with three new chapters on:
- Cognitive behavioural approaches
- Attachment theory and psychoanalytic social work
- Ecological approaches
Each chapter allows the reader to relate the theories and methods discussed to their own personal experiences. This reader friendly book includes student questions, glossaries and recommended reading so that students and practitioners can reappraise and expand the knowledge they have learned.
This book will be valuable for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in social work theory and research methods, social work interventions and perspectives as well as post qualifying students and researchers in social work.
Introduction - Mel Gray and Stephen A. Webb PART ONE: THEORISTS Jurgen Habermas - Stan Houston Anthony Giddens - Harry Ferguson Pierre Bourdieu - Paul Michael Garrett Michel Foucault - Jason Powell Judith Butler - Brid Featherstone and Lorraine Green PART TWO: THEORIES Attachment theory - David Howe Feminist social work - Joan Orme Critical social work - Mel Gray and Stephen A. Webb Structural social work - Kate Murray and Steven Hick Multiculturalism - Purnima Sundar and Mylan Ly Neoliberalism - Sue Penna and Martin O'Brien Postmodern social work - Barbara Fawcett PART THREE: PERSPECTIVES FOR PRACTICE Cognitive-behavioural approach - Eric L. Garland and A. Bruce Thyer Ecological approach - Fred Besthorn Social network analysis - Deirdre Kirke Ethnography - Jerry Floersch, Jeffrey Longhofer and Megan Nordquest Schwaille Ethnomethodology - Gerald de Montigny Discourse and reflexivity - Sue White Evidence-based practice - Debbie Plath Ways of knowing - Ian Shaw