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Radical HopePoverty-Aware Practice for Social Work$
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Michal Krumer-Nevo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447354895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447354895.001.0001

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Poverty-aware social work: a paradigmatic proposal1

Poverty-aware social work: a paradigmatic proposal1

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(p.15) 1 Poverty-aware social work: a paradigmatic proposal1
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Radical Hope
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Michal Krumer-Nevo

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447354895.003.0002

This chapter provides a full overview of the theoretical principles of the Poverty-Aware Paradigm (PAP). Following a brief introduction of the concept of the paradigm and a discussion of its contribution, the chapter goes on to describe the PAP and its ontological, epistemological, and axiological premises and their influence on social work practice. The chapter compares the PAP and the two historically dominant social work paradigms—the conservative and the structural. The conservative paradigm, with its distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor, notions of the “culture of poverty”, “underclass”, and the currently popular neuroscience of poverty, is strongly challenged in this chapter. The structural paradigm is presented as offering a fruitful analysis of poverty. However, it has not inspired direct practice on a large scale. The chapter builds upon the structural paradigm and combines it with concepts from critical theories and current psychoanalytic concepts to present the PAP as a useful paradigm for analysis and practice.

Keywords:   paradigm, culture of poverty, structural theories, knowledge, practice, politics of redistribution, politics of recognition

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