Social media and the digital revolution have fundamentally changed the meaning of “social” and “work.” Social work, like all other professions, will undergo dramatic changes as apps and algorithms overtake human operations. The failure of social sciences in general and social work in particular warrants thoughtful innovations that ensure sustainable services.
Chapter 5: Transforming Social Work1
Transforming Social Work1
…[M]an could avoid the fate of a Welfare-Through-Warfare State only by achieving a new starting point where he could reconstruct the productive apparatus without that ‘inner worldly asceticism’ which provided the mental basis for domination and exploration.
—Herbert Marcuse (1966: xiv).
‘Transforming Social Work’ is a reflective analysis of our profession that stands at the crossroads of change in a globally transformed world. While basic societal institutions falter, individual, family and community strive for functional sustainability. The status, legitimacy and need of a professional discipline can only be sustained if the structure of a profession is organized in congruence with cultural, social, economic and political realties embedded in the forces of change.
This thematic address seeks to examine three basic ...