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About the journal

Critical and Radical Social Work: An international journal is an exciting new journal that promotes debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes. 

The journal publishes papers which seek to analyse and respond to issues, such as the impact of global neo-liberalism on social welfare; austerity and social work; social work and social movements; social work, inequality and oppression. 

It welcomes contributions that consider and question themes relating to the definition of social work and social work professionalism, that look at ways in which organic and 'indigenous' practice can expand concepts of the social work project and that consider alternative and radical histories of social work activity. As a truly international journal it actively encourages contributions from academics, scholars and practitioners from across the global village.

What people are saying about Critical and Radical Social Work

"Critical and Radical Social Work adds the much needed critical and radical thrusts to contemporary social work literature, dealing with salient social justice, human rights and social development issues in a world increasingly going awry in the face of neoliberalism, new managerialism, unsustainable growth and development, and climate change."
Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul (PhD), Zayed University, Dubai

"At a time when social work, both in the UK and internationally, is coming under increasing pressure for its allegiance to refugees and other oppressed and marginalised groups, Critical and Radical Social Work brings together impassioned, evidenced and progressive voices supporting social work's commitment to a social approach and social justice."
Peter Beresford, Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex and Emeritus Professor at Brunel University London

"Critical and Radical Social Work provides perspectives that are often missing from mainstream social work publications. It amplifies those voices in the field that are often unheard or ignored."
Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, University of Maryland, US

"A much-needed outlet for social workers to promote innovative and challenging standpoints. The journal stimulates debate and gives voice to those advocating for groups that are relegated to the margins."
Linda Briskman, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Australia

“A great addition to the critical and radical social work literature. Thoroughly recommended.”
Steve Rogowski, Social Worker (Children and Families)

“Manifestly innovative, the proposed structure of the journal is likely to contribute in significant ways to the advancement of research, practice and theory in the field of radical and critical social work.”  
Norman Duncan, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

“A most eagerly awaited progressive journal. The “critical turn” in social work grew out of a radical track that provided an incisive and eventful confrontation with capital and its state allies. This journal will restore the political and ethical context of social work at a time when it is most needed. It will push boundaries of social work thought and practice. The editors are particularly suited to take this journal and with it social work to new heights of critical and radical engagement.” 
Stephen Webb, University of Newcastle, Australia

“Social work is increasingly assimilated to power, as allied practices in the systems of governance focused on managing subordinated and marginalized populations. This timely, new journal, edited by prominent critics of this disciplinary regime, could not be more welcomed.” 
Sanford F. Schram, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford, Pennsylvania
 
"This journal is particularly timely.  In the current fast paced, revolutionary context, we urgently need a global forum to share the ground-breaking but often invisible work we do at all levels."
Elizabeth Whitmore, Carleton University School of Social Work, Ottawa, Canada

Policy Press also publishes the Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work series.