Social Work Theories and Methods

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Mel Gray, Stephen A Webb
SAGE, Nov 20, 2008 - Social Science - 248 pages
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This exciting book draws together the key contemporary theories, theorists, and perspectives used in social work and explains how they are applied in practice and critiqued by social workers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Theorists
11
1 Jürgen Habermas
13
2 Anthony Giddens
23
3 Pierre Bourdieu
33
4 Michel Foucault
43
5 Judith Butler
53
Part II Theories
63
10 Neoliberalism
109
11 Postmodernism
119
Part III Perspectives
129
12 Social Network Analysis
131
13 Ethnomethodology
142
14 Ethnography
152
15 Discourse Analysis and Reflexivity
161
16 Evidencebased Practice
172

6 Feminist Social Work
65
7 Critical Social Work
76
8 Structural Social Work
86
9 Multiculturalism
98
17 Ways of Knowing
184
References
195
Index
223
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About the author (2008)

In 2008 Stephen Webb was appointed from the University of Sussex, UK to the University of Newcastle. He is Professor of Human Sciences and Director of the newly established Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (RISIW). Professor Webb is one of the worlds leading international researchers in the field of human services, Social Policy and is a pioneer of evidence-based practice research. His influential international research and publications since the late 1980s have significantly enriched the field of human services research by bringing innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives to the evaluation of social interventions and professional practice. His 2006 book Social Work in a Risk Society is widely acclaimed by international reviewers as demonstrating advanced scholarship and integrating sociological analysis to construct new conceptual and methodological frameworks in social work. His 2001 publication: 'Some considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work', British Journal of Social Work, 31 (1), pp.57-79 is the world's highest cited social work (field 1607) publication and ranked as the most influential journal article in the discipline over the past decade (Hodge et.al, 2011).

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