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Social work, politics and society: From radicalism to orthodoxy

Kenneth McLaughlin


This book examines contemporary issues in social work, particularly exploring the politicisation of the profession from the 1970s onwards. Detailing the wider social and political influences on the development of social work, the book argues that underlying much social theory and practice is a pessimistic and degraded view of humanity. It discusses different areas of social work in relation to this diminished view of the human subject, exploring the rise of the concept of abuse, the focus on individual vulnerability and the fear of the other, as well as the threat to civil liberties and privac ... More

Keywords: social work, abuse, vulnerability, civil liberties, privacy, mental health, legislation, Social Care Register, politics, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420459
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth McLaughlin, author