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Karen Healy profoundly challenges, in the context of the postmodernity of late capitalism, many of the assumptions upon which the critical tradition in social work has been founded. This is a book which interrogates not only the emancipatory metanarratives of left perspectives from her position within the left, but also questions many of the received ideas about her professional power and identity, and about the kinds of social work practices necessary in order to continue to pursue welfare as an emancipatory project under transformed ideological and material circumstances. This is a most significant contribution to the debates which confront social work, worldwide, at the present time.' - Peter Leonard, McGill University, Canada

Rethinking Professional Power and Identity
Rethinking professional power and identity

Power and identity are central concerns of critical social work theory. Critical approaches have emphasized the political nature of social work and represented social workers and service users as opposites in terms of experience, interests and access to power. For activists there is a fundamental contradiction between ...

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