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dc.contributor.authorStepney, Paul M.
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-23T12:45:06Z
dc.date.available2008-06-23T12:45:06Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Social Work, 36(8): 1298-1307
dc.identifier.issn00453102
dc.identifier.issn1468263X
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bch388
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/30321
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, the capacity of social work to be a force for progressive policy and social change has been significantly eroded. Social work in the UK has been re-branded and reshaped within New Labour’s modernized welfare state, only to become politically compromised and compliant: ‘the dog that didn’t bark’ even when its soul appeared to be stripped out. This article offers a response to this predicament informed by a structural modernist analysis revitalized by elements of critical postmodernism (Fook, 2002). Without wishing to offer any definitive prescriptions, the concept of critical practice is worthy of consideration, as it offers the potential for combining the role of protection with prevention whilst embodying possibilities for critical reflection and change. This became the focus of a recent conference organized around the theme of celebrating social work (Torfaen, 2002). Further, it offers practitioners a means for critical engagement with the issues that lie at the root of injustice and exclusion, to develop a more emancipatory approach, whilst resisting pressures for more enforcement and control.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherOxford: Oxford University Press
dc.relation.urlhttp://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/36/8/1289
dc.subjectSocial work
dc.subjectSocial Welfare
dc.subjectCritical practice
dc.subjectSocial justice
dc.subjectSocial inclusion
dc.subjectSocial policy
dc.subjectProfessional ethics
dc.subjectUK
dc.subjectEmancipation
dc.subjectWelfare reform
dc.subjectThird way
dc.subjectTough love
dc.titleMission impossible? Critical practice in social work.
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Work
html.description.abstractIn recent years, the capacity of social work to be a force for progressive policy and social change has been significantly eroded. Social work in the UK has been re-branded and reshaped within New Labour’s modernized welfare state, only to become politically compromised and compliant: ‘the dog that didn’t bark’ even when its soul appeared to be stripped out. This article offers a response to this predicament informed by a structural modernist analysis revitalized by elements of critical postmodernism (Fook, 2002). Without wishing to offer any definitive prescriptions, the concept of critical practice is worthy of consideration, as it offers the potential for combining the role of protection with prevention whilst embodying possibilities for critical reflection and change. This became the focus of a recent conference organized around the theme of celebrating social work (Torfaen, 2002). Further, it offers practitioners a means for critical engagement with the issues that lie at the root of injustice and exclusion, to develop a more emancipatory approach, whilst resisting pressures for more enforcement and control.


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