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Ageing, meaning and social structureConnecting critical and humanistic gerontology$
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Jan Baars, Joseph Dohmen, Amanda Grenier, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300908

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300908.001.0001

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Critical perspectives on social work with older people

Critical perspectives on social work with older people

(p.139) Eight Critical perspectives on social work with older people
Ageing, meaning and social structure

Mo Ray

Policy Press

Using social work with older people as a case study, this chapter argues that the marginalisation of social work with older people in the UK effectively holds a mirror to the wider exclusion of those within this age group who use social work and personal social care services - in effect, older people with high support needs. The chapter draws on a critical perspective to highlight the complexities that are involved in contemporary, professional social work practice with older people and points to future directions in the development of a professional social work role into the future. The chapter examines, first, challenges facing social work practice with older people; second, trends in service provision; and third, developments in critical perspectives on social work with older people.

Keywords:   social work, older people, marginalisation, service provision, critical perspectives

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