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Beyond the Community of Persons to Be Accorded ‘Respect’? Messages from the Past for Social Work in the Republic of Ireland

ByPaul Michael Garrett

This chapter’s foundational understanding is that the defence of social work ethics is vital. This is especially the case during a period of neoliberalisation when ways of working and relating to others are increasingly subject to market mechanisms and ‘care’ practices become even more vulnerable to corruption (Harvey, 2005; Wardhaugh and Wilding, 1993). In this context, perhaps what many still perceive as the core social work value – ‘respect for persons’ – has the potential to become increasingly political and more subversive of dominant hegemonic orders intent on (dis)respecting particular groups and communities.