Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations by Stanley Witkin, , Ph.D.

Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations

byStanley Witkin, , Ph.D.

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Social construction addresses the cultural factors and social dynamics that give rise to and maintain values and beliefs. Drawing on postmodern philosophies and critical, social, and literary theories, social construction has become an important and influential framework for practice and research within social work and related fields. Embracing inclusivity and multiplicity, social construction provides a framework for knowledge and practice that is particularly congruent with social work values and aims.

In this accessible collection, Stanley L Witkin showcases the innovative ways in which social construction may be understood and expressed in practice. He calls on experienced practitioner-scholars to share their personal accounts of interpreting and applying social constructionist ideas in different settings (such as child welfare agencies, schools, and the courts) and with diverse clientele (such as "resistant" adolescents, disadvantaged families, indigenous populations, teachers, children in protective custody, refugee youth, and adult perpetrators of sexual crimes against children). Eschewing the prescriptive stance of most theoretical frameworks, social construction can seem challenging for students and practitioners. This book responds with rich, illustrative descriptions of how social constructionist thinking has inspired practice approaches, illuminating the diversity and creative potential of practices that draw on social constructionist ideas.

Writing in a direct, accessible style, contributors translate complex concepts into the language of daily encounter and care, and through a committed transnational focus they demonstrate the global reach and utility of their work. Chapters are provocative and thoughtful, reveal great suffering and courage, share inspiring stories of strength and renewal, and acknowledge the challenges of an approach that complicates evidence-based evaluations and requirements.

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 22, 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
List of Contributors

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?