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Social theory for social work : ideas and applications / Christopher Thorpe.

Author/creator Thorpe, Christopher author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxi, 185 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Student social work
Student social work. ^A1031167
Contents Introduction: why social theory matters for social work -- Classical social theory and modern social problems -- Phenomenology and social theory: exploring the life-world of the service user -- Symbolic interactionism and the social self -- Norbert Elias: emotions, rationality and self-restraint -- Michel Foucault: social work and professional power -- Pierre Bourdieu: symbolic violence and self-exclusion -- Feminist social theory and social work -- Globalization and social work -- Conclusion: the future of social work and social theory.
Abstract Trying to understand how the world looks through the eyes of individuals and groups and how it shapes the ways they think and act is something social workers do all the time. It is what social theorists do too. This book identifies and explains in a highly accessible manner the absolute value of social theory for social work. Drawing on the theoretical ideas and perspectives of a wide range of classical and modern social theorists, the book demonstrates the insights their work can bring to bear on a wide range of social work practice scenarios, issues and debates. Departing with the work of the classical theorists, the book covers a diverse range of theoretical traditions including phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, Norbert Elias, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, feminism and globalization theory. Putting to work ideas from these different perspectives, a range of social work scenarios, issues and debates are opened up and explored. The final chapter brings together the various theoretical strands, and critically considers the contribution they can make towards realizing core social work values in a rapidly globalizing world. Demonstrating exactly how and in what ways social theory can make important and enduring contributions to social work, Social Theory for Social Work is essential reading for social work students, practitioners and professionals alike. -- from back cover.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017019713
ISBN9780415826396 hardcover
ISBN041582639X hardcover
ISBN9780415826402 paperback
ISBN0415826403 paperback
ISBNelectronic book

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