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‘Doing’ social work: critical considerations on theory and practice in social work
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Department of Education, Communication, and Learning, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Advances in Social Work, ISSN 1527-8565, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 527-540Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social work is a multi-dimensional and contradictory field of practice,which often leads to theoretical confusion. Another tendency within social work todayis the development of an evidence-based practice. This kind of social engineering,together with the theoretical confusion, might lead to the reproduction andstrengthening of dominant discourses and perspectives. Pointing out the need forcritical theory to transgress and resist hegemonic practices, the article aims topresent ideas on how to theoretically position social work practice within aframework of critical theory. The question is how to combine an ambition to developsuitable methods and to anchor social work in a sound social-scientific context withcritical theories concerning, for instance, gender, ethnicity, and class. It is suggestedthat a movement towards a more deconstructive and reflexive mode of thinking andpracticing social work, ‘doing social work’, would enable the field to become moreethical and reflexive.

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Indiana University Press, 2012. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 527-540
Keywords [en]
Critical theory, doing gender, evidence, reflexivity
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-27012DiVA, id: diva2:600493
Available from: 2013-01-24 Created: 2013-01-24 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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