The New Structural Social Work: Ideology, Theory, Practice

Paperback | September 20, 2006

byBob Mullaly

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The need for an alternative to conventional social work is more obvious today than ever before. Given its acceptance of our present social order and its emphasis on reform of the individual and limited social reform, conventional social work appears powerless to deal with the increasing socialproblems that have already overloaded a diminishing welfare state. By continuing to recycle mainstream theories of social work practice that do nothing to change the present order, conventional social work actually contributes to the ideological hegemony of patriarchy, classism, racism and otheroppressive thought structures. The New Structural Social Work reveals the shortcoming of welfare capitalism as a social system and shows how conventional social work has failed to respond to systemic social problems. Mullaly presents a coherent and consistent theory of progressive social work, with oppression as its centralfocus, and examines elements of its political practice. It is shown how this practice is carried out within the social agency, outside the agency, and within the personal lives of structural social workers. This third edition has been extensively revised and updated, and includes.DT an expanded discussion of the political paradigms that influence social work in CanadaDT a new chapter on feminist, antiracist, and postmodernist critiques of the neo-conservative, liberal, social democratic, and Marxist paradigms that dominated the nineteenth and twentieth centuriesDT a new chapter that assesses the influence of the 'Third Way' and the role that social work plays in Third Way jurisdictions such as the UK.DT improved pedagogical aids to make this book more accessible to the mid-level university market.

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The need for an alternative to conventional social work is more obvious today than ever before. Given its acceptance of our present social order and its emphasis on reform of the individual and limited social reform, conventional social work appears powerless to deal with the increasing socialproblems that have already overloaded a dim...

Bob Mullaly is Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:September 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195419065

ISBN - 13:9780195419061

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Table of Contents

Part I: In Search of a Paradigm1. Capitalism, Crises, and Paradigm2. The Social Work Vision: A Progressive View3. The Neo-Conservative Paradigm4. The Liberal Paradigm5. The Social Democratic Paradigm6. The Marxist Paradigm7. NEW! Feminist, Anti-Racist, and Postmodern Critiques8. NEW! The Third WayPart II: Structural Social Work Theory and Oppression9. A Reconstituted Theory of Structural Social Work10. Oppression: The Focus of Structural Social WorkPart III: Structural Social Work: Practice Elem11. Working Within (and Against) the System: Radical Humanism12. Working Outside (and Against) the System: Radical Structuralism and Working Within OurselvesAppendix I: Structural Analysis of Agency/Field PlacementNEW! GlossaryBibliographyIndex

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"This book will prove exciting reading for all students, practitioners, and educators concerned with the articulation of a renewed framework for understanding social work practice...a profound contribution to social work theory overall...The New Structural Social Work shows us how social work should, and can, transcend helping clients cope with social problems and include a determined effort to address the source of their problems."--Research on Social Work Practice