Social Work and Poverty

A Critical Approach

Lester Parrott

Social Work and Poverty

Lester Parrott

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447307945 Published January 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9781447307952 Published February 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Social Work and Poverty provides a timely review of the key issues that social workers and service users face when working together to combat poverty. Lester Parrot first situates social work and poverty within a historical context, analyzing various poverty concepts and theories and how then can lead to practices that work against the oppression of service users. Including reference to international practice throughout, he then critically evaluates the United Kingdom’s 2012 Welfare Reform Act, highlighting the negative impact that it will have on service users and social workers alike. Ranging from topics such as access to food, obesity, drug use, and the effects of globalization, he provides a fresh understanding of poverty and how we can better overcome it.




1. Poverty and social work: the historical context

2. Social work and the concept of poverty

3. The reform of welfare?

4. Service users and the experience of poverty

5. Social work and poverty: ethics and practice

6. Social work organisations: responding to poverty

7. Poverty: social division and service users

8. Globalisation, social work and poverty




Review Quotes
Rona Woodward, University of Stirling
Social Work and Poverty achieves its aim of putting poverty where it belongs: at the centre of social work theory and practice.” 
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