Social Work as Social Critique

Demaria W. (1979) Social Work as Social Critique. Australian Social Work, 32 1: 9-13. doi:10.1080/03124077908549572

Author Demaria W.
Title Social Work as Social Critique
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0748
Publication date 1979-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03124077908549572
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 13
Total pages 5
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3306 Health (social science)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This paper argues that social work is defined less by any intrinsic qualities and more by its relationship to dominant values. This relationship, the paper argues, is a hierarchical one in which social work is a dutiful servant to the dominant values. This the paper calls the “service” function of social work. Such a function, it is argued, precludes social work from social change. Another function, “criticism”, is then described and differentiated from ”service”, by the critical attention it gives to dominant values, particularly the values' ”dark-side”. A case-study of structural functionalism is then presented. This paper sees it as the most powerful theory in Western sociology. It is presented differently here; as a sophisticated justification of liberal values, and claims that social work is very much influenced by it. As an alternative to structural-functionalism, social conflict theory is briefly looked at through the writings of Lewis Coser, Ralph Dahrendorf and Karl Marx.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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