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Social Work and Social Change.

Social Work and Social Change.

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This job, known as a ‘jubilee anthology’, is created by a group of contributors united through their persistence for scholarship and their research group relationship with Mirja Satka, Professor of Social Operate Practice Analysis at the University of Helsinki and also the Heikki Waris Institute. The three editors, social work academics at Universities in Finland, published it to celebrate her 60th birthday. It certainly contributes in a meaningful way, to the critical discourse on the shaping of social work and its mandate in current changing societal conditions.

It can do so through some interesting explorations. It rests its theoretical arguments on a late-modernity frame with the proposition in the first chapter, that the problems of late modernity have created a new structural basis for social divisions, solidarity and cohesion. The trends and ideologies of advanced economic liberalism, competitiveness of nation-states, unequal distribution of resources, have led to social instability, a risk culture, ruptures in solidarity and insecurity. Rejecting ideas of post-modernity, they frame their argument in terms of the fundamental changes of the period of ‘second’ or ‘late’ modernity. The writers argue that it is within these changing contexts that social work must find its place as contributor to social change rather than settle for the imposed tendency towards governing risks. It explores the political nature of social work; describes methodologies of robust knowledge production; interrogates conservative neoliberal ideologies and their impact on social work service provision; and describes research and practice using conceptual frameworks such as gendered perspectives, phenomenology, Bourdieusian and genealogical approaches.

The chapters inside the initial part examine how sociable work has fluctuated inside the frameworks of liberal, sociable-democratic and conservative roles in Europe. However, it is argued that what has remained consistent in these various political positions, is the implication of social work as a tool to ‘manage’ and contain social problems, social relations and class conflict. Although early social work pioneers seemed to embrace principles such as social justice and solidarity, the post-Fordist, neo-liberal ideological shifts with characteristic managerialism and bureaucratisation have led to an escalation of the social control and status quo maintenance character of social work. In the punitive state with criminalisation of the poor, social workers have become part of surveillance and disciplinary technologies. Social workers are called upon to reflect upon, resist and defy these arrangements.

There is an array of information throughout the theme of sociable operate and societal modify, which interpersonal function academics and also professionals would find valuable and fascinating. An interesting chapter on social work education for example, argues for the importance of content around political action and provides suggestions for knowledge, skills and teaching methods for politically oriented social work. The chapter about the negative effects of instrumental rationality and the need for deeper understanding of human experience through phenomenology, explores its contribution beyond the individual’s ‘interiority’, to the broader lifeworld and the social. Not only are ideas such as the ‘amphitheatre of collective meanings’ and Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus and field explored, but also the contributions of phenomenology in social work such as among others, in interpretive phenomenological analysis in research, constructivist social work, social pedagogy and existential therapies.

Further more chapters include articles for example an exploration of producing ‘socially sturdy circumstance-sensitive knowledge’ for nearby and international conditions, by means of reports employing study methodologies like multilevel frameworks and framework-vulnerable reflection gendered and critical points of views on contradictions between emancipatory and paternalistic interventions directed at work-market integration and welfare reward cessation the use of a feminist qualitative investigation technique in knowing intricacies around new mother-child partnerships in the circumstance of chemical misuse utilizing a genealogical method of problematise and fully grasp discourses and methods in youngster welfare and safety inside the Irish and Finnish contexts and ultimately, utilizing a Bourdieusian conceptual framework to learn intricacies of utilizing lay down volunteer support people in youngster interest professional services in overlapping career fields of kid well being, the family, and civic motion, in just a wider perspective of privatisation and outsourcing of providers.

The volume arouses within the reader both dismay with the drop in social work’s donation to solidarity and societal citizenship on one side, and believe that through reflection and persistence for theoretical rigour social function may preserve its dedication to and ethical posture towards sociable well-being and justice, during considerable societal modify.

One of many strong points on this volume is although the focus is on Nordic and European contexts, the components of late modernity and neoliberalism are obvious inside the broader international circumstance using a clear impact on sociable function generally, thus making it related also for overseas followers. Despite this, the international reach may be somewhat limited by the broader contexts of gross inequality, poverty, failed development and post-colonial realities. Although the theoretical content is universally relevant, the application would require a broader interpretation that takes these contexts into account.

Each one of the chapters make an important donation for the quantity, combining thorough theoretical proposal with sociological and also common modern-day interpersonal job theorists training realities investigation findings and situation scientific studies. Throughout the volume an appeal is made for social work to reflect on and resist what the globalising economy and its macro structures impose on social work, namely a departure from its mandate to aim at social justice, social cohesion and emancipatory citizenship. However, what seems to be missing is a radical approach of being a critical theorist and revolutionary activist (Callinicos, 2011) seeking to understand changing social structures evident in society in order to overthrow them. The inclusion of more content around this resistant and radical perspective for social work activism may have strengthened a sense of hope and, as stated in the concluding chapter by Mirja Satka, to whom the volume is dedicated, the development of “an exciting vision for the future aims and profiles of social work” (p.194).