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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.

New Approaches to Stigma
New Approaches to Stigma

Stigma is used widely by social workers to understand the impact of prejudice upon service users. On many social work courses the teaching of stigma is an important concept to enable an understanding of anti-oppressive practice. Many current sociological text books therefore include this topic (see Cree, 2010; Llewellyn et al., 2015).

Stigma is influenced by the social theory of symbolic interactionism. Interactionism focuses upon the meaning that individuals give to their actions in the social world. Thus when individuals interact with one another then something interesting happens. When a social worker interviews a service user, for example, what happens? We might observe how they sit in relation to one another and the sort of language employed. Does ...

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