Feminist Social Work Theory and Practice


Author: Lena Dominelli
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230628206
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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Feminist theories of social work have been criticised in recent years for treating women as a uniform category and displaying insufficient sensitivity to the complex ways in which other social divisions (those of race, age, disability, etc.) impact on gender relations. This major text by a leading writer in the field seeks to develop a new framework for feminist social work that takes on board postmodernist arguments to do with difference and power yet retains a commitment to collective solidarity and social change. As such, it will be essential reading for students, educators and practitioners alike in social work.

The State of Feminist Social Work


Author: Vicky White
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134334362
Category: Political Science
Page: 192
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Social work is currently undergoing major change in its policies, organization and day-to-day practice and much has been written about the feminist presence in social work. In particular, feminist social work has focused on the role of women social workers in developing distinctive forms of practice, rooted in a commitment to egalitarian relationships with women service users. The State of Feminist Social Work challenges the limitations of this perspective. Tracing key ideas in feminist social work from the 1970s through to the present day, and using data from interviews with female social workers, this book draws out tensions between the literature and the actual experience of female social workers. In doing so, it: highlights the significance for feminists of social work's location in the state enables the experiences of women social workers to be explored and placed within their structural context opens up the possibility of diverse identities, identifications and stances amongst women social workers critically examines the current state of feminist social work. The State of Feminist Social Work provides an important appraisal of the subject and is essential reading for all those with an interest in feminism and social work theory, practice and education.

Feminist Theories and Social Work

Approaches and Applications
Author: Christine Flynn Saulnier
Publisher: Haworth Press
ISBN: 9781560249450
Category: Social Science
Page: 253
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This invaluable guidebook accomplishes what many others on feminist theory do not. It reviews both the theories and the applications of the field. Too frequently, books and articles tend to focus on one or two ways for practicing feminism, when, in reality, different problems, different groups of women, and different goals may require a different theory for guiding objectiveness, strategies, and work style. Using the wrong theory for a particular group or problem may backfire, causing unexpected outcomes. This book circumvents such unforeseen results. Feminist Theories and Social Work reviews the most important theories of today, evaluates the contributions and limitations of each branch, and for each theory, provides application examples at several levels of intervention.

Social Work Treatment 4th Edition


Author: Francis J. Turner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439135983
Category: Fiction
Page: 752
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"Written by leading practitioners and educators in the field, Social Work Treatment: Interlocking Theoretical Approaches, Fourth Edition is the standard text on theories of social work and a trusted reference book for social work practitioners. In this updated edition, Francis Turner introduces exciting new theoretical systems that have gained importance since the 1980s, including Aboriginal theory, Narrative, Hypnosis, Constructivism, and Empowerment theory. Twenty chapters from the previous edition have been completely revised and expanded, to reflect the influence of new ideas and clinical experience in social work practice. An exceptionally strong group of distinguished contributors to past editions and writers new to this volume together examine the full range of therapeutic approaches - including psychoanalysis, ego psychology, cognitive, crisis intervention, client-centered theory, feminist theory, meditation, transactional analysis, systems theory, task-centered social work, and neurolinguistics." "Social Work Treatment makes the range of theories upon which current practice is built fully available, providing professionals with ready access to the theoretical diversity and richness that is the mark of contemporary social work practice. It enables social work students at all levels - bachelor, masters and doctoral - to learn and integrate ongoing theoretical developments in the field, which ultimately ensures a client's optimum service."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Working with Men

Feminism and Social Work
Author: Kate Cavanagh,Viviene E Cree
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134832680
Category: Medical
Page: 240
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One of feminism's key contributions to improving social work practice has been to expose the gender-blindness which has characterized social work policy and literature. Working with Men extends and diversifies this contribution by presenting a controversial collection of essays written by feminists about men. In what has been a previously unexplored area of social work, the contributors to Working with Men, feminist academics, researchers and practitioners, explore the issue of feminist practice with men highlighting the dilemmas which they have encountered in undertaking this work. They contend that for too long feminists have ignored the issue of direct work with men. The argument that men must take responsibility for their own reconstruction they assert is no longer sustainable: feminists must generate their own discourse about the nature of men and masculinity derived from their own experience of critically engaging with and challenging men. The contributors conclude that direct work with men is a legitimate feminist activity; that it is one important strand of a broader strategy whose ultimate goal is the empowerment of women. This book will be valuable reading for all students of social work and applied social science as well as social work practitioners and managers.

Contemporary Feminisms in Social Work Practice


Author: Sarah Wendt,Nicole Moulding
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317685946
Category: Social Science
Page: 332
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Contemporary Feminisms in Social Work Practice explores feminism as core to social work knowledge, practice and ethics. It demonstrates how gender-neutral perspectives and practices obscure gender discourses and power relations. It also shows feminist social work practice can transform areas of social work not specifically concerned with gender, through its emphasis on relationships and power. Within and outside feminism, there is a growing assumption that equality has been won and is readily available to all women. However, women continue to dominate the ranks of the poor in developed and developing countries around the world; male perpetrated violence against women and children has not reduced; women outnumber men by up to three to one in the diagnosis of common mental health problems; and women continue to be severely underrepresented in every realm of power, decision-making and wealth. This worrying context draws attention to the ways gender relations structure most of the problems faced by the women, men and children in the day-to-day worlds in which social work operates. Drawing together key contemporary thinking about feminism and its place in social work, this international collection looks at both core curriculum areas taught in social work programs and a wide range of practice fields that involve key challenges and opportunities for future feminist social work. This book is suitable for all social work students and academics. It examines the nuanced nature of power relationships in the everyday and areas such as working with cross-cultural communities, mental health, interpersonal violence and abuse, homelessness, child protection, ageing, disability and sexuality.

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice


Author: Roberta Rubin Greene
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 0202361209
Category: Social Science
Page: 436
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This new edition of Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice provides a broadly synthetic approach to selecting theoretical concepts crucial to one's activities in casework. Centered on the notion of the client as an individual, Roberta Greene and the contributing authors examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development, and evaluate their utility for social work practice. Social work is characterized by a dynamic helping process and a diversity of roles, and functions. The aims of social work--to improve societal conditions for individuals, families, and groups--are put into action across all fields of practice and realized through a variety of methods in a range of settings. To work in the field, it is important to acquire conceptual frameworks that help one understand the complexities of contemporary practice. This volume is concerned with the application of knowledge about behavior in the social environment that serves as the theoretical underpinning for direct practice in social work. The chapters explore the ways in which specific theories have contributed to understanding the person in the environment construct and examine the idea that all clinical social work intervention is anchored in reshaping the context of the person in the environment configuration. The book explores the challenges and limitations of the various theories in use and addresses many relevant questions: What does the theory offer for understanding development across the lifecycle? What does each theory suggest about the interaction among biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors of human development and functioning? What does the theory suggest about healthy/functional and unhealthy/dysfunctional behaviors or wellness? Is theory universal in its application, and may it lend itself to cross-cultural social work practice? What role does theory propose for the social worker as an agent of change? Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice is an original contribution to social work theory, and will be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a career in the field. Roberta R. Greene is professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework and Social Work with the Aged and Their Families.

Practice and Research in Social Work

Postmodern Feminist Perspectives
Author: Barbara Fawcett,Brid Featherstone,Jan Fook,Amy Rossiter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134646917
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 216
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Although postmodernist theory has been related to and explored in sociology and social policy, this book is amongst the first to apply the theories to social work, and relate them to current debates. Contributors come from the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada and many have professional experience as social workers. They appraise the key issues in the contested field of postmodernism and feminism and focus on their applications to practice, research and education in social work.

Gendered Profession

Soziale Arbeit vor neuen Herausforderungen in der zweiten Moderne
Author: Constance Engelfried,Corinna Voigt-Kehlenbeck
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 353192303X
Category: Social Science
Page: 263
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Den Genderdiskurs in Anerkennung historischer Dimensionen zu bedenken kann gewinnbringend sein. Mit einer doppelten Blickrichtung - zurück nach vorn - werden Voraussetzungen gekennzeichnet, die den Integrationsprozess des Genderdiskurses in den Mainstream begleiten. In den detail- und kenntnisreichen Beiträgen wird diskutiert, dass der Genderdiskurs Gefahr läuft, an Innovationskraft und Radikalität zu verlieren, wenn er bis zur Unkenntlichkeit im Mainstream aufgeht. Auch ist der Gefahr zu begegnen, dass dieser in der Vielfalt der Pluralisierungen verloren geht. Dieses Buch wertschätzt die Beiträge von Frauen aus den beiden Frauenbewegungen und lenkt zugleich auch den Blick auf den Beitrag von Männern in der Genderpädagogik. Wesentlich ist den beiden Herausgeberinnen die historische Perspektive, die Wertschätzung der Errungenschaften der beiden Frauenbewegungen, die Beteiligung von an Veränderung interessierten Männern und visionäre Dimensionen.

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice


Author: Roberta R. Greene
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351310348
Category: Social Science
Page: 345
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Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice remains a foundation work for those interested in the practice and teaching of social work. Roberta Greene covers theoretical areas and individual theorists including classical psychoanalytic thought, Eriksonian theory, Carl Rogers, cognitive theory, systems theory, ecological perspectives, social construction, feminism, and genetics. She discusses the historical context, its philosophical roots, and major assumptions of each theory. The general theme, which distinguishes this volume, is that the person-in-environment perspective has been a central influence in the formation of the profession's knowledge base, as well as its approach to practice. Greene provides perspective on how individuals and social systems interact. This book examines how social workers can use theory to shape social work practice by increasing his or her understanding of and potential for enhancing human well-being. Greene covers the relationship between human behavior theory and professional social work practice. She also explores the challenges and limitations of each theory and addresses the following issues: how the theory serves as a framework for social work practice; how the theory lends itself to an understanding of individual, family, group, community, or organizational behavior; what the implications are of the theory for social work interventions or practice strategies; and what role it proposes for the social worker as a change agent. Throughout the profession's history, social workers have turned to a number of theoretical approaches for the organizing concepts needed to define their practice base. The aims of social work--to improve societal conditions and to enhance social functioning of and between individuals, families, and groups--are put into action across all fields of practice and realized through a variety of methods in a range of settings. This third edition, completely revised, represents a fundamental contribution to the field, and like its predecessors, will be widely used as a basic text.

Feminist Perspectives on Social Work and Human Sexuality


Author: Mary Valentich,James Gripton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317212312
Category: Social Science
Page: 132
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First published in 1985, this ground-breaking volume contributes to a largely neglected area of social work research, theory and practice. The collection of essays by internationally known social work educators and practitioners applies feminist perspectives to a wide range of issues influencing the social work profession and social work practice. In doing so, it demonstrates that a liberal feminist position is consistent with social work practice. Nearly all the chapters focus on direct practice issues, such as problems faced by women who have been sexually assaulted, the lack of adequate health care provided to lesbians from traditional health care systems, and sexist bias in sex therapy and family therapy models. This book will be of interest to students and practitioners of social work.

Die Geschichte der Sozialen Arbeit in Europa (1900–1960)

Wichtige Pionierinnen und ihr Einfluss auf die Entwicklung internationaler Organisationen
Author: Sabine Hering,Berteke Waaldijk
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663097110
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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In diesem Buch stellen 23 AutorInnen aus elf Ländern Beiträge zu Biografien von Pionierinnen der Sozialen Arbeit und zu ihrem Einfluss auf die Entwicklung von Organisationen und Strukturen der Wohlfahrtspflege vor.

Critical Social Work

An Introduction to Theories and Practices
Author: Bob Pease,Linda Briskman
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781865089072
Category: Social Science
Page: 294
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This introduction to critical social work offers a systematic overview of core theories and practice issues in challenging domination and oppression by arguing that a central goal of social work practice is social change to redress social inequality. Taking a critical theoretical approach that incorporates postmodern, feminist, structural, and postcolonial perspectives, the contributors explore the links between personal and social change. While many critical social work educators argue it is necessary to draw upon both modernist and postmodern appropriations of critical theory, this book explores the tensions and contradictions in adopting this dual perspective.

A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory


Author: David Howe
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230365248
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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Learning about social work theory is a bit like hot air ballooning – it's about looking at the world from above and going on a voyage of discovery to find out what guides social work practice. In 25 clearly labelled chapters, this book explains and discusses social work theory in a crisp, clear and accessible way. Whether you're a student, a newly qualified social worker or a 'seasoned' professional you will find plenty in this book to inform, enlighten and refresh you. Written by David Howe, one of the top British writers in social work, his simple, easy-to-read style makes this text ideal for quick reference in lectures, on placement or in practice. A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory manages to be both compact and comprehensive. You will return to this 'can't live without it' text time and time again.

Social Work

A Reader
Author: Viviene E. Cree
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136894780
Category: Social Science
Page: 244
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What are the key ideas that underpin social work practice? This inspiring Reader brings together some of the most significant ideas which have informed social work practice over the last forty years. Exploring these fundamental ideas, the book includes commentaries that allow the reader to understand the texts on their own terms as well as to be aware of their relations to each other and to the wider social work context. An accessible introduction contextualises the reader, summarising the main themes and highlighting key issues. The book is then divided into three main sections, each presenting key texts which have contributed to the development of: the profession of social work social work knowledge and values social work skills and practice. There is no settled view or easy consensus about what social work is and should be, and the ideas reflected in this volume are themselves diverse and complex. The contributions are drawn from a wide range of perspectives: psychological, sociological, philosophical, educational and political, as well as perspectives which are grounded in the experiences of practitioners and those who use services. This important resource is essential reading for all social work students.

Feminist Practice in the 21st Century


Author: Nan Van Den Bergh
Publisher: N A S W Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 376
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This important text demonstrates how the feminist stand-points of knowing, connecting, caring, and diversity can help practitioners build communities and solve problems. Feminist Practice in the 21st Century contains 18 chapters organised by methods, fields of practice, and special populations. From the feminization of poverty to the feminist perspective on politics, chapters set forth a feminist model in social work theory and practice. Educators, students, and practitioners will find the book a compelling resource.

Feminism and Social Change

Bridging Theory and Practice
Author: Heidi Gottfried
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252064951
Category: Social Science
Page: 286
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How likely is feminist research to promote change in society? Are some research methods more successful at promoting change than others? Contributors to this volume discuss principles of feminist inquiry, providing examples from their own experience and evaluating research practices for their potential to promote social change. These twelve explorations cover methodologies including ethnographic study, in-depth interviewing, naming, and going public. Also explored are consultative relationships between academic researchers and activist organizations, participatory and advocacy research processes, and coalition building.