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This article aims to review the concept of conflict theory and critical paradigms that have been influencing on social work practices and social work education.
Critical social work is the application to social work of a critical theory perspective. Critical social work seeks to address social injustices, as opposed to focusing on individualized issues.
Critical theories explain social problems as arising from various forms of oppression and injustice in globalized capitalist societies and forms of neoliberal governance. This approach to social work theory is formed by a polyglot of theories from across the humanities and social sciences , borrowing from various schools of thought, including Marxism , feminism , anti-racism , social democracy , and anarchism.
Social workers have an ethical commitment to working to overcome inequality and oppression. For radical social workers, this implies working towards the transformation of capitalist society towards building social arrangements which are more compatible with these commitments. However, they work in institutional contexts which paradoxically implicates them in maintaining capitalist functions.
These are:. Critical social work is heavily influenced by Marxism , the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and by the earlier approach of Radical social work , which was focused on class oppression.
Critical social work evolved from this to oppose all forms of oppression. Several writers helped codify radical social work, such as Jeffry Galper , Mike Brake and Harold Throssell More recently writers such as Stephen A. Webb , Iain Ferguson, Susan White, Lena Dominelli, Paul Michael-Garrett, and Stan Houston have further developed the paradigm by incorporating inter-disciplinary ideas from contemporary political philosophy, anthropology and social theory.
More recently the writings of Italian political philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito , especially their theorizing about community and governance have come to the fore in critical social work. A new journal published by Policy Press called Critical and Radical Social Work: An international journal promotes debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes and issues.
The journal publishes papers which seek to analyze and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neo-liberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression. Webb was commissioned by Routledge to edit a major international reference work 'A Handbook of Critical Social Work' due for publication Webb published 'The New Politics of Social Work' in written closely in the tradition of critical social work.
As critical social work grew out of radical social work, it split into various theories. They are listed below, with a selection of writers who have influenced the theory. While critical social work has a strong commitment to structural change, it does not discount the role of agency, albeit a constrained form of potential. Critical analysis in social work looks at competing forces such as the capitalist economic system, the welfare state as all affecting individual choices.
Therefore, according to the critical theory, the aim of social work is to emancipate people from oppression and allow a critique of the ideology of "operativity", State law and governance. Critical social work takes a stance against common assumptions about the necessity of work, capitalist labor and managerial systems of control. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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It critiques historical and contemporary establishment social work approaches to address oppression and marginalisation and argues that only a critical approach can affect social change for human betterment. Core skills imperative to a lifelong commitment to emancipatory social work practice are developed including critical thinking, critical and structural analysis, critical reflection and the use of critical theory to inform practice. A critical social work practice framework will be developed, informed by critical theory, critical social work approaches and principles of ethical social work practice. The course emphasises innovative, disruptive and creative practice solutions built on a foundation of critical thinking and structural analysis. Students are reoriented to new and innovative critical social work practice that draws on a rich history of collective action; linking experiences of oppression with emancipatory action for social change and social justice outcomes.
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However, recently we have seen how this self-image has lost ground. In the present article, we have discussed how demands for evidence and scientific evaluations of social work have gradually pushed the discipline and practice in the direction of psychological measurements and methods. Here, we will identify a problematic development within the social and theoretical practice of social work, and make some suggestions regarding how to start discussing, analysing and dealing with this changing social landscape. We will identify some critical points and issues and present models of how to think about and develop a critical social work practice.
Critical social work is the application to social work of a critical theory perspective. Critical social work seeks to address social injustices, as opposed to focusing on individualized issues. Critical theories explain social problems as arising from various forms of oppression and injustice in globalized capitalist societies and forms of neoliberal governance.
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