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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.

Seven Pillars of Social Practice
Seven pillars of social practice

If extinction is a morbid topic, mass extinction is, well, massively so.

—Elizabeth Kolbert (2015: 3).

This chapter, ‘Seven Pillars of Social Practice’, represents the ethos and substance of unification (Mohan 1999). It signifies SW as a flame rather mirror. A brief structure and essential elements of this approach are spelled out in the sections that follow.

All ‘work’ is social. Social scientists, hopefully, will not subject the social to the dogmas of unprincipled scrutiny. The micro–macro dualities despite the dominance the ‘clinical’, continue to balkanize epistemologies of change. SP is conceptualized as an imminent outcome of SW, an evolution rather than refutation.

SW's status quoism and habitual chameleon nature has cost its identity. It is sadly ...

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