With contributions from those at the forefront of modern social work thought, this edited volume reflects the growing eminence of critical social work in the 21st Century. Taking a truly global outlook, this text advocates the promotion of equality through a range of radical perspectives and provides a blueprint for the future of practice
Stephen A. Webb is Professor of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Recent books include Evidence-based Social Work (with Gray & Plath, Routledge 2009), Social Work Theories and Methods (with Gray, Sage 2013), and the Sage Handbook of Social Work (with Gray & Midgley, 2012). Webb's critical analysis 'Considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work' (2001) is the world's most cited article in the field and the most influential publication in social work over the last ten years (Hodges et al., 2011). Mel Gray is Professor of Social Work and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Advanced Study for Humanity at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is Joint Editor of Australian Social Work and is on the editorial boards for several international journals. Her interests range from creativity, morality, spirituality and theory and philosophy in social work to experiential social work education.
PART I: NEW AGENDAS FOR SOCIAL WORK.- Towards a 'New Politics' of Social Work M.Gray and S.A.Webb.- A History of Critical and Radical Social Work; B.Pease.- Mapping the Theoretical and Political Terrain of Social Work; P.M.Garrett.- Social Work and the Politics of Recognition; S. Houston.- PART II: POLITICALLY INFORMED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICES.- Critically Reflexive Practice; C. Taylor.- Critical Management; John Lawler.- Critical Best Practice; H.Ferguson.- Critical Discourse Analysis; G.Marston.- PART III: TRANSFORMATIVE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICES.- New Practices of Empowerment; V.Cree.- Rights-based International Social Work Practice; R.Hugman.- Femocratic Childcare Governance; T.Findlay.- Social orkers as Agents of Change; I.Ferguson.- The Speculative Left and New Politics of Social Work; M.Gray and S.A.Webb.