Poverty, inequality and social work

The impact of neo-liberalism and austerity politics on welfare provision

By Ian Cummins

Poverty, inequality and social work
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    01 Jan 2018
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    978-1447334828
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This book offers a critical, sociological analysis of the domino effect of neoliberalism and austerity politics on the role of social work and wider welfare provision.

It argues that social work should move away from the resultant emphasis on risk management and bureaucracy, and return to a focus on relational and community approaches as the cornerstone of practice.

Applying theoretical frameworks including those of Bourdieu and the recent work of Wacquant to practice, the book is divided into two sections: the first examines the development of neoliberal ideas and their impact in the areas of social welfare. The second explores the implications of this across a range of areas of social work practice, including work with children and families, working with asylum seekers and refugees and mental health.
Ian Cummins is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Salford University. He qualified as a probation officer and subsequently worked as a mental health social worker. His research interests including the history of community care and mental health issues in the CJS. His most recent work has focused on poverty, inequality and advanced marginality.
Introduction
Social Work and the era of Neo-liberalism and Austerity
Perspectives on Class, Poverty and Inequality
Advanced Marginality and Stigma
Welfare, Punishment and Neo-liberalism
The Rise of the Penal State
Poverty Inequality and Contemporary Social Work
Reimagining a Social State
Conclusion

About the book

This book offers a critical, sociological analysis of the domino effect of neoliberalism and austerity politics on the role of social work and wider welfare provision.

It argues that social work should move away from the resultant emphasis on risk management and bureaucracy, and return to a focus on relational and community approaches as the cornerstone of practice.

Applying theoretical frameworks including those of Bourdieu and the recent work of Wacquant to practice, the book is divided into two sections: the first examines the development of neoliberal ideas and their impact in the areas of social welfare. The second explores the implications of this across a range of areas of social work practice, including work with children and families, working with asylum seekers and refugees and mental health.

Content

Introduction
Social Work and the era of Neo-liberalism and Austerity
Perspectives on Class, Poverty and Inequality
Advanced Marginality and Stigma
Welfare, Punishment and Neo-liberalism
The Rise of the Penal State
Poverty Inequality and Contemporary Social Work
Reimagining a Social State
Conclusion
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