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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.

Theory, Ideology and Discourse in Social Work
Theory, Ideology and Discourse in Social Work

Whenever I pick up a newspaper and read about what is happening in the world and read about a particular event or story the question which comes into my head is ‘Why is this so?’ As soon as this thought comes to the front of my consciousness I would argue I am beginning to theorise. I am trying to understand why a particular event has happened, what might have caused this to happen and how might I make sense of it. When I talk to students about their experiences on their practice placements it is not uncommon for them to relate conversations they have had with some social workers who tell ...

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