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International Social Work

International Social Work

Four Volume Set
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January 2010 | 1 680 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This four-volume set covers a broad scope and range of international social work knowledge and research and contains seminal and landmark publications in social work with a particular emphasis on contemporary key publications to compliment earlier classic works. The readings combine empirical with conceptual articles that not only cover significant knowledge and key debates in the field but also show how international social work has developed through research.

Volume I – Welfare Theory and Approaches provides an overview of the development of welfare policy as a backdrop to the evolution of social work.

Volume II - International Social Work Practice explores the development of contemporary social work practice approaches and examines social work's psychosocial foundations in the psychodynamic and functional schools.

Volume III - Social Work Research chronicles the debate on what counts as evidence on which to base social work practice and, therefore, on what kind of research methods best provide valid and reliable evidence.

Volume IV - Future Challenges overviews the enduring and contemporary issues and debates surrounding social development and global social work, generalist versus specialist practice, choice, service user participation, partnerships and social networks where we have seen a move from recipients to citizens to clients to consumers.

Perspectives on the Development of Welfare
Citizenship and Social Class

T. H. Marshall
The Three Political Economies of the Welfare State

Gosta Esping-Anderson
The New Politics of the Welfare State

Paul Pierson
Welfarism, Governance and the State
Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State

Claus Offe
Society, the State, Social Problems and Social Policy

Vic George and Paul Wilding
Relief, Labour and Civil Disorder: An overview

Francis Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
The Changing Governance of Welfare: Recent trends in its primary functions, scale, and modes of coordination

Bob Jessop
Welfare Professionals and Street Level Bureaucrats
Professional Work

Andrew Abbott
Am I my Brother's Keeper?

Zygmunt Bauman
The Professional is Political

Ann Hartman
Street-level Bureaucrats as Policy Makers

Michael Lipsky
Gender, Care and the Subject of Welfare
Women and Social Welfare

Gillian Pascall
Gender and the Development of Welfare Regimes

Jane Lewis
The Concept of Social Care and the Analysis of Contemporary Welfare States

Mary Daly and Jane Lewis
Good-enough Principles for Welfare

Fiona Williams
Democratic Subjects

Barbara Cruikshank
Welfare and Social Development
Growth, Redistribution, and Welfare: Toward social investment

James Midgley
The Place of Social Capital in Understanding Social and Economic Outcomes

Michael Woolcock
Practice Perspectives
Is Social Work a Profession?

Abraham Flexner
The Problem-Solving Work

Helen Harris Perlman
Is Casework Effective? A review

Joel Fischer
Conceptions of Social Work

Juliet Cheetham
The Life Model of Social Work Practice: An overview

Carel Germain and Alex Gitterman
Behavioral Social Work: Past, present, and future

Eileen Gambrill
The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice: Extensions and cautions

Dennis Saleebey
Knowledge for Practice
Knowledge for Social Work

Olive Stevenson
Boundaries of Social Work or Social Work of Boundaries

Andrew Abbott
Notes on the Form of Knowledge in Social Work

Mark Philip
Many Ways of Knowing

Ann Hartman
The Knowledge Base of Social Work Practice: Theory, wisdom, analogue, or art

Howard Goldstein
The Ethical Implications of Current Theoretical Developments in Social Work

Mel Gray
The Theory and Practice relationship
Some Thoughts on the Relationship between Theory and Practice in and for Social Work

Nigel Parton
Surface and Depth in Social Work Practice

David Howe
Practice Assessment
Reflections on the Assessment of Outcomes in Child Care

Roy Parker
Common Errors of Reasoning in Child Protection Work

Eileen Munro
Practicing Empowerment
Rethinking Empowerment

Barbara Levy Simon
Empowerment and Oppression: An indissoluble pairing for contemporary social work

David Ward and Audrey Mullender
Empowering Practice: Understanding and managing user-worker processes

Suzy Braye and Michael Preston-Shoot
Mapping the Social Work Research Agenda
Cutting Edge Issues in Social Work Research

Ian F. Shaw
Confirmational Response Bias among Social Work Journals

William M. Epstein
A Code of Ethics for Social Work and Social Care Research

Ian Butler
Research Note: Research and empowerment

Peter Beresford and Clare Evans
Qualitative Social Work Research
The Social Work Context for Qualitative Research

Ian F. Shaw and Nick Gould
Does the Glove Really Fit? Qualitative research and clinical social work practice

Deborah K. Padgett
Theorizing from Practice: Towards an inclusive approach for social work research

Jan Fook
Issues of Visibility and Colleague Relationships

Andrew Pithouse
Researching Reflective Practice
Schon Shock: A case for refraining reflection-in-action?

Michael Eraut
There's No Such Thing as Reflection

Graham Ixer
Evidence-based Social Work
Developing Empirically Based Models of Practice

Betty J. Blythe and Scott Briar
Evidence-Based Social Care: Wheels off the runway?

Geraldine Macdonald
Some Considerations on the Validity of Evidence-based Practice in Social Work

Stephen Webb
The Validity of Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work: A reply to Stephen Webb

Brian Sheldon
Evidence-Based Practice: Counterarguments and objections

Leonard Gibbs and Eileen Gambrill
Evidence-Based Practice and Social Work

C. Aaron McNeece and Bruce A. Thyer
Critical Perspectives
The Relationship between Qualitative and Quantitative Research: Paradigm loyalty versus methodological eclecticism

Martyn Hammersley
Science, Research, and Social Work: Who controls the profession

H. Jacob Karger
The Quest for Evidence-Based Practice? We are all positivists!

Bruce A. Thyer
Evaluation with One Eye Closed: The empiricist agenda in social work research

Peter Rayner
The Limits of Positivism in Social Work Research

David Smith
Beyond Retroduction?-Hermeneutics, reflexivity and social work practice

Susan White
The Future(s) of Social Work
The Social Work Revolution

Joel Fischer
Social Work Practice in the 21st Century

Brian Sheldon
The Movement of Social Work to Private Practice (and Away From the Poor)

Harry Specht and Mark E. Courtney
Social Work in the University

W.M. Epstein
Social Work at the Crossroads

Mark Lymbery
The Future of Social Work as a Profession

Leon Ginsberg
Social Work, Modernity and Postmodernity
Social Work, Modernity and Post Modernity

Graham B. McBeath and Stephen Webb
Modernity, Postmodernity and Social Work

David Howe
Deprofessionalizing Social Work: Anti-oppressive practice, competencies and postmodernism

Lena Dominelli
Problematics of Government, (Post) Modernity and Social Work

Nigel Parton
Parton, Howe and Postmodernity: A critical comment on mistaken identity

Carole Smith and Susan White
New Policies and Technologies
Mapping Child-Care Social Work in the Final Years of the Twentieth Century: A critical response to the 'looking after children' system'

Paul Michael Garrett
Tough Love: Social work, social exclusion and the third way

Bill Jordan
The Impact of Audit on Social Work Practice

Eileen Munro
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should social work develop them?

Matthew Owen Howard and Jeffery M. Jenson
Interprofessionality in Health and Social Care: The Achilles' heel of partnership?

Bob Hudson
Service Users, Social Policy and the Future of Welfare

Peter Beresford
International Social Work
Professionalization in Social Work: The challenge of diversity

Richard Hugman
Issues in International Social Work: Resolving critical debates in the profession

James Midgley
Local Orders and Global Chaos in Social Work

Stephen Webb
Defining Social Work for the 21st Century

Isadora Hare
Dilemmas of International Social Work: Paradoxical processes in indigenization, universalism and imperialism

Mel Gray

Sample Materials & Chapters



Mel Gray

Stephen A Webb

In 2008 Stephen Webb was appointed from the University of Sussex, UK to the University of Newcastle. He is Professor of Human Sciences and Director of the newly established Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (RISIW). Professor Webb is one of the worlds leading international researchers in the field of human services, Social Policy and is a pioneer of evidence-based practice research. His influential international research and publications since the late 1980s have significantly enriched the field of human services research by bringing innovative theoretical and methodological perspectives to the evaluation of social... More About Author