Drawing on a range of theorists and competing perspectives, this substantially updated and expanded second edition places social theory at the heart of social work pedagogy.
This book imaginatively explores ways in which practitioners and social work educators might develop more critical and radical ways of theorising and working. It is an invaluable resource for students and contains features, such as Reflection and Talk Boxes, to encourage classroom and workplace discussions.
This new edition includes:
· An extensive additional chapter on Foucault
· Reworked and expanded versions of the chapters featured in the highly-praised first edition
· Revised Reflection and Talk Boxes
· New and updated references to stimulate further reading and research
Paul Michael Garrett works at the National University of Ireland, in Galway, in the Republic of Ireland; prior to that he was based at the University of Nottingham. His thematic interests include: critical social theory and social work; discourses of marginality relating to ‘troublesome’ children and families; neoliberal-inspired ‘reform’.
Part One: Debating modernity;
‘How to be modern’: Theorising modernity
‘Solid’ Modernity & ‘Liquid’ Modernity;
Modernity and Capitalism;
Modernity, neoliberalism, crisis;
Part Two: Theorists;
Thinking with Antonio Gramsci;
Thinking with Pierre Bourdieu;
Thinking with Jürgen Habermas;
Thinking with Michel Foucault;
Thinking with Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser;
Alternative Directions? Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri and Italian Autonomist Marxism, Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello;
Conclusion: Looking for the ‘blue’.
"In this revised and expanded edition Garrett offers a rich and insightful exploration of essential social theory for social work which will be a vital resource for social work educators and students." Liz Beddoe, Associate Professor, University of Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
"Paul Michael Garrett’s excellent book has already become a social work classic. His work not only skilfully navigates complex theoretical debates but it also bridges the persistent and pervasive gap between social work theory and practice." Vasilios Ioakimidis, Professor of Social Work, University of Essex, England
“The second edition of Garrett’s insightful text provides a solid conceptual foundation for the development of critical social work at a time when it is more necessary than ever.” Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, US
“A necessary and important book that explains with passion, wit and insight the links between social theory and social work practice; it will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike.” Gary Walker, Principal Lecturer, Childhood and Early Years, Leeds Beckett University