The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Work

  • ID: 2247664
  • Book
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work provides a concise guide to 400 topics relevant to the practice of social work in the 21st Century. It brings together top authors in the field and draws on their detailed knowledge of politics, psychology, social policy and sociology. All service user groups are covered: children and families, offenders, older people, people with physical or learning disabilities, and those suffering from mental ill–health.

The Encyclopaedia vigorously reflects the different and sometimes conflicting perspectives in social work: psychosocial research and evidence–based thinking, risk analysis, gender, cultural diversity, psychiatry, the law, management, human rights and personal value systems.

The interests of service users, other professional groups, the media and the public are portrayed, and the central role of social work in contemporary society is demonstrated by the depth and range of subjects covered. A strong emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary and inter–professional perspectives.

The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work offers an essential starting–point for anyone wanting to understand the place of social work in society today.

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List of Advisers and Acknowledgements.



A–Z Entries.

The Topics Listed in this Encyclopaedia.

List of Contributors.

Index of Names.

Index of Subjects.

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" Reading this handsome new encyclopaedia it is hard not to feel renewed conviction in the social work mission. From cover to cover the commitment and depth of understanding, the skills and interventions come tumbling out in an exciting, revivifying cascade–effective tonic for jaded cynicism.

Throughout the volume the vision and achievement of the editor are evident in the emphasis on constructive thinking and diversity of opinion." John Pierson, Staffordshire University

"Davies′s well designed encyclopedia surveys the field of social work and is related discipline." Choice

"The Encyclopaedia does fulfill its aim: ′to provide accurate, up–to–date and lively explications of key topics in social work and in fields that are closely related to social work theory or practice.′ The Encyclopaedia successfully encompasses both the value base of social work and its evidence base ... I think it is a very useful and innovative volume ... It is a rich source of information about the broad church which is social work." Journal of Social Work

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