The Nature of Social Work in Ireland: A Historical Perspective

The Nature of Social Work in Ireland: A Historical Perspective

By: Caroline Skehill (author)Hardback

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This volume provides an account of professional social work in Ireland in an effort to contribute to a better understanding of its present form and nature. It considers the development of social work from the late 19th century to the present. In addition to analyzing the main shifts and continuities over this period, it also considers its surrounding conditions: the relationship between social work and philanthropy in its earlier phases, the impact of the Catholic Church on the development of Irish social work and the influence of the State over the shape and form of social work.


Introduction - setting the scene; emergence of the conditions of possibility for a strategy of social work over the 19th century; social work as a dual process - charity work vs emergence as a distinct occupation; social work evolving into separate and expert strategy; professionalisation and expansion over the past 30 years; exploring the nature of social work - problemisations in terms of the past.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773481770
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 206
  • ID: 9780773481770
  • ISBN10: 077348177X

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