An Introduction to Social Work Theory: Making Sense in Practice

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 1987 - Social Science - 182 pages
Social workers need to recognize the critical role that theory plays both in the way they make sense of what is going on and in the way they order their work. Such recognition clarifies practice for both the worker and the client. This classic text provides a framework to help social workers develop an understanding of the theories which inescapably underpin their thoughts and actions. The result is a stimulating guide to social work theory which is proven to help social workers both to understand their practices and to practise in a disciplined and imaginative way.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Consumer Reports
3
Making Sense
9
Sorting Out Social Work Theories
19
The World of Objects and Subjects
25
Order and Conflict in Society
33
A Taxonomy of Social Work Theories
45
The Fixers
49
ClientCentred Approaches
99
The Raisers of Consciousness
111
Radical Practice
123
The Revolutionaries
129
Marxist Social Work
141
Theories for Social Work and Theories of Social Work
149
Bibliography
155
Subject Index
161

The Psychoanalytic Tradition in Social Work
57
Behavioural Social Work
77
The Seekers After Meaning
89

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About the author (1987)

David Howe is Dean of the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK. He has also worked as a child care officer, social worker and team leader. He was the founding Editor of the journal Child and Family Social Work.

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