Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations by Stanley Witkin

Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations

byStanley Witkin

Kobo ebook | November 15, 2011

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Social construction addresses the cultural factors and social dynamics that generate and maintain values and beliefs. Drawing on postmodern and critical theories and philosophies, the approach has come to influence thinking and practice not only within social work but also within other, related fields. Social construction's diverse and inclusive approach to knowledge makes it particularly amenable to global contexts of social work practice. In this accessible collection, Stanley Witkin showcases the innovative ways social construction may be implemented and expanded.
Stanley L Witkin is a professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont and president of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work ( He is the former editor-in-chief of Social Work and a Fulbright scholar. Professor Witkin holds MSSW. and Ph.D. degrees in social welfare from the Univer...
Title:Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and InnovationsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231530307

ISBN - 13:9780231530309

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by W. David Harrison
1. Autoethnography: The Opening Act, by Stanley L Witkin
2. Where's Beebee? The Orphan Crisis in Global Child Welfare, by Katherine Tyson McCrea
3. A Finn in India: From Cultural Encounters to Global Imagining, by Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö
4. Being of Two Minds: Creating My Racialized Selves, by Noriko Ishibashi Martinez
5. Learning From and Researching (My Own) Experience: A Critical Reflection on the Experience of Social Difference, by Jan Fook
6. What Remains? Heroic Stories in Trace Materials, by Karen M. Staller
7. What Matters Most in Living and Dying: Pressing Through Detection, Trying to Connect, by Brenda Solomon
8. Will You Be with Me to the End? Personal Experiences of Cancer and Death, by Johanna Hefel
9. Holding on While Letting Go: An Autoethnographic Study of Divorce in Ireland, by Orlagh Farrell Delaney and Patricia Kennedy
10. The Pretty Girl in the Mirror: A Gender Transient's Tale, by Allan Irving
11. Reality Isn't What It Used to Be: An Inquiry of Transformative Change, by Stanley L Witkin
12. From Advising to Mentoring to Becoming Colleagues: An Autoethnography of a Growing Professional Relationship in Social Work Education, by Zvi Eisikovits and Chaya Koren
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Editorial Reviews

This exciting contribution remakes the world and practice of social work? It is a wonderful book for classroom use and should find its way into many courses in social work education as well as other fields - sociology, women's studies, cultural studies, philosophy?