“Live Social Work” : How to Bring Life Back into Social Work

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title “Live Social Work” : How to Bring Life Back into Social Work
Author(s) Herz, Marcus
Date 2014
English abstract
In this article I discuss how professional social work can entail critical, reflexive work. This is accomplished by adapting the concept of “live sociology”. It is mainly an exploratory article, trying to raise suggestions that can be adopted and be further developed. I argue that people coming into contact with contemporary social work are sometimes reduced to being “dead” objects, as they are pinned down into static categories. The demand for developing evidence-based social work risks substantiating this tendency even further. In contrast, I claim that social work needs to move away from these kinds of explanations and instead turn towards developing “live social work”; that is to say, social work where everyday life, agency, and what people do in what context needs to be the focus, not what people are.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2014.910676 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Australian social work;
ISSN 0312-407X
Pages e-pub ahead of print
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
critical social work
evidence-based practice
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17241 (link to this page)

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