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Is everything personal also private? The modern world is neatly compartmentalized into the private and the public, and the personal is often used interchangeably with the private as if they are the same. But are they? The book starts a new discourse by distinguishing the two and analyzing existing discourses of history, culture, politics, ethics, and law, asserts that the underlying theory is vastly different, often antagonistic. It radically changes the notions of the public, private, and personal by introducing the public–private–personal “triad,” challenging the modern binary of the public and private. This original and insightful book will provoke readers to rethink their use of the personal and the private as two different notions for the same thing.

The Personal in Practice: Charity, Altruism to Social Work
The personal in practice: Charity, altruism to social work

Historically speaking, social work has struggled in its development between perceptions of its task as friendship and art or as profession and service.

—(Chris Rojek et al, 1988: 18)

All the so-called “personal” modes of helping—from charity to benevolence—were to be set aside in favor of the structural motors of objective, impersonal, and rational-universal forms of assurance. If this was dinned into us by the first philosopher of modernity (for whom, for the first time, modernity was a problem as Habermas rightly credits him with) and the first philosopher of the modern mode of helping, Hegel, then we have demonstrated with fervor that this did not actually happen, or ...

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