Critical perspectives

Healy, Karen (2012). Critical perspectives. In Mel Gray, James Midgley and Stephen A. Webb (Ed.), The Sage handbook of social work (pp. 191-206) London , U.K.: Sage. doi:10.4135/9781446247648.n13

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Author Healy, Karen
Title of chapter Critical perspectives
Title of book The Sage handbook of social work
Place of Publication London , U.K.
Publisher Sage
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.4135/9781446247648.n13
ISBN 9781446247648
1446247643
9781849207515
1849207518
Editor Mel Gray
James Midgley
Stephen A. Webb
Chapter number 12
Start page 191
End page 206
Total pages 16
Total chapters 47
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The chapter begins with an outline of critical perspectives on social work practice and presents a definition of critical social work, the purpose of which is to orient the reader to the practical and philosophical influences of critical perspectives on social work writing and practice. Thereafter, an historical overview of the influence of critical perspectives begins with a definition of critical perspectives, which is drawn primarily from modernist critical traditions, such as those associated with critical social science. The ways in which these critical perspectives are reflected in the work of critical social work are discussed starting with the work of Jane Addams and the Hull House Movement. Thereafter, the way in which a range of critical social work authors in the 20th and 21st centuries brought critical perspectives to bear in aligning social work with visions of progressive social transformation is outlined and contemporary links between critical social work practice and progressive social movements are discussed. The influence of postmodern and post-structural theories on critical social work is considered. A case example is provided to illustrate the importance of critical perspectives to social work, the development of the critical tradition, and the influence of postmodern critical perspectives. Contemporary challenges to critical perspectives in social work are also considered, focusing primarily on the influence of new public management philosophies on opportunities to apply critical traditions in practice.
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