Contingent on context? Social work and the state in Australia, Britain, and the USA
UNSPECIFIED. (2003) Contingent on context? Social work and the state in Australia, Britain, and the USA. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 33 (2). pp. 191-208. ISSN 0045-3102Full text not available from this repository.
The notion that social work is an international profession, operating with generally similar goals, methodologies, and common values is considered critically. Examining the political and social contexts of three countries with liberal democratic governments-Australia, Britain and the United States-the role of social work within the welfare processes of each country is compared. While social work as an identifiable professional activity shares some features, it is argued that the idea of its having a core essence needs to be tempered with a realistic assessment of the importance of contextually created difference. Recent and rapid developments in the institutional context, such as those experienced in these three countries, further underscore the limited utility of the notion of a common professional project.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK|
|Publisher:||OXFORD UNIV PRESS|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 191-208|
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