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Exploring Social Work: An Anthropological Perspective

Linda Bell


This unique study of social work provides a bold and challenging view of the subject from an anthropological perspective. Combining research and personal reflection, the book explores cultural and symbolic representations of social work, evolving identities of social work practitioners and the ways in which they and society now view one another. The book provides a history of social work and asks how we address the taken-for-granted nature of social work. The influences of the state, social policy, and public perceptions (including users of social work services) on social work are explored. It ... More

Keywords: social work, society, social work practitioners, anthropology, personal reflection, cultural representations, symbolic representations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350712
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Bell, author
Middlesex University