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Social Policy Review 26Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014$
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Kevin Farnsworth, Zoë Irving, and Menno Fenger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315568

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.001.0001

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Aristotle On The Front Line

Aristotle On The Front Line

Chapter:
(p.181) Ten Aristotle On The Front Line
Source:
Social Policy Review 26
Author(s):

Emilie Whitaker

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.003.0010

This chapter outlines how Aristotle's concept of ‘phronesis’ has gained traction as an analytical concept for research in recent years, particularly in areas of social policy most concerned with the professions of social work, education and medicine. It firstly outlines Aristotle's concept of ‘phronesis’ or ‘practical wisdom’. It then considers why research in the sociology of organisational life has been useful in the application of the concept of phronesis. Finally it uses personalisation as a lens to view phronesis within the context of social work practice where practical wisdom as a category for analysis can be identified as arising from the interactions of social workers.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Phronesis, Practical wisdom, Sociology of organisational life, Personalisation, Category for analysis

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