Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447350729 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447350712 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Exploring Social Work

An Anthropological Perspective

Linda Bell

Exploring Social Work

Linda Bell

Distributed for Bristol University Press

160 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447350729 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447350712 Published March 2020 For sale in North and South America only

What is social work and who are social workers? Based on a range of primary and secondary sources, this book argues that social work, seen as an occupation and an identity, reveals specific cultural and symbolic representations. It explores aspects of social work culture and cross-cultural representation, showing from an outsider’s perspective examples of how members of this occupational group see the world, and how their world views can affect their practices, suggesting implications of these practices for wider society. Analyzing these using an anthropological approach widens our insights into the impacts that these professionals have on society and vice versa. The book goes beyond simply describing social workers as a professional group, whether nationally or internationally to develop a reflexive, anthropological account.

Contents
Who are “social workers”? Why do we need them? Getting involved: an auto-ethnographic enquiry; Time and change : UK social work and comparative social work cultures since 1990; Becoming: being admitted, trained and accepted as a social worker; Identifying
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