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This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.

Hayek, Markets and Social Work
Hayek, Markets and Social Work

Public services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service… Of course, there are some areas, like national security services or the judiciary, where this wouldn’t make sense. But everywhere else should be open to real diversity. (Cameron, 2011)

This quote by the former prime minister outlines in clear terms the policy direction that this current government wishes to take in respect of reforming public services. What Cameron outlined was his commitment to a social and economic ideology described as neoliberalism. Neoliberalism as a form of economic and political theory has impacted upon all areas of society. In terms of social work, Carey and Foster (2013: 258) describe its impact ...

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