Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861347411 Published April 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Transforming Society?

Social Work and Sociology

Vicky Price and Graeme Simpson

Transforming Society?
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Vicky Price and Graeme Simpson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

192 pages
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861347411 Published April 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Society is undergoing change, and, as a result, social welfare services - including social work - are being transformed. This book explores the sociological basis of contemporary society and shows how social workers experience tensions and contradictions in practice. The book uses case studies and self directed activities to enable students to relate sociology to daily lives. It explores key themes in turn, examining their relevance for social work and how they can be applied to practice, particularly in areas such as children and families, mental health, disability and older people.Relevant and accessible, the authors explore aspects of class, ethnicity and gender and conclude with suggestions of how sociology can inform practice and enable social work to engage with processes of transformation.The book provides essential material for students of social work and social care, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It will also be relevance to social policy and sociology undergraduates.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part One: Social exclusion, ‘the poor’ and social work
1. Social exclusion and poverty
2. Social work’s enduring tensions
Part Two: Production
3. Theories of work and society
4. Work, exclusion, poverty and social work
Part Three: Reproduction
5. Theoretical concepts: family, gender and discourse
6. Social work and reproduction: regulation and family life
Part Four: Consumption
7. New forms of relations and inequality?
8. Social work: the power of consumption and the creation of customers
Part Five: Community
9. A changing landscape: theoretical approaches to ‘community’
10. Social work, social capital and community
Part Six: Transforming society: social work and sociology
11. Using sociology to inform practice
12. Contradictions and change?

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