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Radical social work today
Social work at the crossroads

Michael Lavalette
Paperback, 248 pages, 234 x 156 mm
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23 Feb 2011


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'Radical Social Work Today retains its contemporary significance and should be read widely by all those concerned about the state of social work.'- Probation Journal
"The contributors to this incisive and compelling book provide a review of the radical social work heritage and assess its contemporary significance and future prospects. It should be read widely by those concerned about the state of social work and committed to seeking its emancipatory potential."
John Harris, University of Warwick

About This Book

Created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bailey and Brake's seminal text Radical Social Work (1975), this volume seeks to explore the radical tradition within social work and assess its legacy, relevance and prospects. With a foreword by Roy Bailey, the book brings together leading academics within social work in Britain to reflect on the legacy of Radical Social Work (both the original text and the wider social movement) within social work education, theory and practice. With the current issues facing social work in Britain, this book examines the radical tradition to assert that 'another social work is possible'.

Author Biography

Michael Lavalette is Associate Professor of Social Work at Liverpool Hope University and national coordinator of the Social Work Action Network. He has written numerous books and articles about social work and social policy, including International Social Work and the Radical Tradition (co-edited with Iain Ferguson) and Globalisation, Global Justice and Social Work (co-edited with Elizabeth Whitmore and Iain Ferguson).


Foreword: Roy Bailey
Social Work's Radical Kernel: situating Bailey and Brake within social work's 'contested' history ~ Michael Lavalette
Part one: 'Radical social work' the fire last time: 'Case Con': the fire last time ~ Jeremy Weinstein
Radical social work and British social work education in the 1970s ~ Chris Jones
Organising for social change: community development work and collective action ~ Sarah Banks
Part two: Social work and oppression: Radical social work and service users: a crucial connection ~ Peter Beresford
Social work and women's oppression ~ Laura Penketh
The jester's joke: what happened to anti-racism? ~ Charlotte Williams
Radical social work and LGBT liberation ~ Laura Miles
Social work: why class (still) matters - Iain Ferguson
Part three: Contested futures: Is radical social work still possible? ~ Mary Langan
"It's alright for you to talk": commitment and the struggle for social justice ~ Michael Lavalette
Radical social work and international social work ~ Vassilis Ioakimidis
Radical social work's future possibilities ~ Mark Baldwin.


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