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Sociology for Social Work

Sociology for Social Work
An Introduction

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October 2010 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introducing the social work student to the field of sociology, this book illustrates how sociology is connected to and fundamental to effective social work practice. Each chapter applies theory to practice and is uniquely co-written by a sociologist, social worker, and service user. A wide range of topics and subjects relevant to social work are covered, including:

  • Gender
  • Class
  • Ethnicity and race
  • Aging
  • Health
  • Intimacies
  • Social exclusion
  • Crime and deviance
  • Communities
  • Disability

Every chapter of the book includes further case studies, along with lots of clear definitions of terms and reflection points, making this book the essential introductory text for all social work students.

Chris Yuill, Alastair Gibson and Chris Thorpe
Sociology for Social Work: An Overview
Donncha Marron, Robert Buckley and Joan Leece
Social Inequality and Social Class
Val Sheach-Leith, Michael Sutherland and Neil Gibson
Chris Yuill, Angela Duvollet, Tuck-Chee Phung and Tatenda Govera
Race and Ethnicity
Donncha Marron, Jeremy Millar and Muzz McKinnon
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Emmanuelle Tulle and Rory Lynch
Later Life
Chris Yuill, Rob Mackay and Angie Mutch
Chris Yuill, Colin Keenan and Frankie McLean
Chris Thorpe and Mike Shepherd
Crime and Society
Megan Todd, Steve Hothershall and Janet Owen
Intimacies and Relationships
Steven MacLennan, Keith Muir and Susan Thoms
Community and Social Capital

This is a great, well - structured applied sociological text full of critically applied contemporary themes relevant to everyday SW practice.

Ideal for any UG student as well as a great aid for teaching and learning as it is full of applied activities, lived narratives and implications for SW practice.

Mr David Gaylard
other, Chichester University
May 1, 2015

This book covers a wide range of sociological topics and underpins the importance of why the sociological mind is an intrinsic part of social work practice. The chapter on 'crime and society' is particularly useful during youth justice sessions but in particular, the chapters on 'gender' and 'poverty and exclusion' are essential texts for L5 BA.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
March 27, 2015

Excellent text and essential reading for students on social work programmes.

Dr Kim Robinson
Social Work (Medway), University of Kent
March 28, 2014

A very comprehensive and accessible text for our students.

Miss Helen Carr
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 30, 2013

This book is was essential reading.

Ms Sharon Yearwood
Academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
February 19, 2013

Excellent text to refresh / inform public health students on sociology

Margaret Learmonth
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
July 19, 2012

Will be suggesting that the libarary purchase a couple of copies and encourage students to purchase a copy themselves as this is a refreshing book that covers sociological themes in social work in an accessible manner that is easy to digest. It easy to follow and to see where sociological theory sit in social work

Ms Gerri Capper
Access to Higher Education, Warrington Collegiate Institute
May 14, 2012

Good book, but it covers only one part of my lecture, and that in a somewhat sketchily way. The part of the theory and classics of sociology is not covered by the book. Therefore it cannot be the central reading for my course. But I ordered copies for our library.

Professor Dieter Kulke
Fakultät Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften, Fachhochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt
April 29, 2012

This text provides comprehensive coverage of sociological themes of major importance in current social care practice.

Dr Eleanor Fitzmaurice
Humanities , Limerick Institute of Technology
August 4, 2011

This text provides comprehensive coverage of sociological themes of major importance in current social care practice.

Dr Eleanor Fitzmaurice
Humanities , Limerick Institute of Technology
August 4, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chris Yuill

Chris Yuill is a sociologist at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, whose work focuses on the sociology of health and the sociology of urban experiences. In addition to a variety of journal publications and research reports he has written and co-edited a number of textbooks for SAGE, one of his most recent being Sociology for Social Work co-edited with Alastair Gibson. Other texts include Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction with Anne-Marie Barry, which is now in its third edition and has also been translated into Chinese. Chris has also served two terms on the executive of the British Sociological Association. More About Author

Alastair Gibson

Alastair Gibson graduated with an MA in History before becoming frustrated as a hospital administrator and deciding to move into the more challenging and rewarding practice of social work. He worked in Aberdeen and Gateshead in a variety of health care social work settings and then taught at RGU. Developing his enthusiasm for inter-professional practice, he was a founder member of CAIPE and helped develop shared training for social work, health, education and police trainees. He has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Human Growth and Behaviour as well as being Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Social Work by Distance Learning before retiring in 2009... More About Author

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