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Michael Lavalette

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428189

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428189.001.0001

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Resisting the EasyCare model: building a more radical, community-based, anti-authoritarian social work for the future

Resisting the EasyCare model: building a more radical, community-based, anti-authoritarian social work for the future

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(p.187) eleven Resisting the EasyCare model: building a more radical, community-based, anti-authoritarian social work for the future
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Radical social work today
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Mark Baldwin

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428189.003.0012

In Britain, ruling politicians have constructed a system that is rhetorically defined as choice and control, but which, in reality, is far from that. Resistance to this system is essential for radical social work because the EasyCare model constructs a system that is outside of the values, traditions, and ethos of professional social work. This chapter discusses the positive alternatives to the defensive practice required of (in particular) local-authority-based social workers. It approaches radical resistance and positive radical practice based on Radical social work. The chapter examines the main themes from the book and brings them into the contemporary context, including individualism, social workers making alliances with new movements, radical social work as a critique of the history of the welfare state, the persistence of poverty, cultural diversity, social-work education, community work, and educating the public about the social-work role. It advocates examples of radical practice for today, including ideas for action that are feasible in most organisations where social workers are employed and in which students carry out their practice learning.

Keywords:   Britain, EasyCare, social workers, radical resistance, positive radical practice, radical social work, welfare state, social-work education, community work

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