Social Work with Disadvantaged and Marginalised Groups

Authors: Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S.

Publisher: Sage

Place of Publication: London


The first part of the book will present theoretical and research material introducing the focal concepts of the book. The context of social work is set out in the introduction and the first four chapters outline what we understand by disadvantage and marginalisation, which groups and individuals may be considered to be disadvantaged and marginalised, how they become so and what consequences this might have for them. This sets the scene for Parts Two and Three which relate specifically to social work and the knowledge, skills and values for working with people who have been disadvantaged or marginalised.Having outlined the core concepts, definition and theoretical bases for the book we move in the second part to exploring the knowledge and skills needed to work with disadvantaged and marginalised people and groups. We look at this through different lens – the lens of wider factual knowledge, the lens of skills and, finally, that of professional knowledge and practice wisdom. So, again, we consider knowledge and skills at a global level, organisational level and personal level.The third and final substantive part of the book develops the ethical and reflexive approach to social work by exploring how law and policy can be employed and what kinds of ethical dilemma might be encountered in practice with people who have been disadvantaged and/or marginalised.

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