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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.
Chapter 9: Freedom and Vocabularies of Change
Freedom and Vocabularies of Change
This chapter is a microcosm of my work: It seeks to anthologize in context the main constructs and concepts that undergird my modest effort to unravel the dialectics of freedom in an unfree world. During the past five decades at least, I have endeavoured to comprehend the complexity of a phenomenon that I still find perplexing.
There is no zero-sum game in between freedom and oppression (unfreedom). As Herbert Marcuse said, one can be free even at the hands of his executioner. One can be unfree even at the pinnacle of power.
A decade ago, a few decent friends asked me to bring out a book that would highlight major conceptual contributions. Modesty foreboded my interest. However, ...