Globally, social work faces increasingly complex cultural, political, economic, legal, organisational, technological and professional conditions.
Critically reflecting on the subject, this book heightens critical consciousness among social work researchers, educators, practitioners and students about the structural dimensions of social problems and human suffering; it highlights the inter-relationship between agency and structure and discusses strategies to challenge and change both individual and societal consciousness.
Offering the reader an opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of how critical reflection is possible in contemporary social work research, practice and education, it will be required reading for all social work scholars, students and professionals.

chapter 1|9 pages

Critical reflection

Concepts and forms of knowledge in a global world

chapter 2|14 pages

The sociology of knowledge

Ideology, critical reflection and the consequences of capitalism to social work

chapter 3|14 pages

Critique in social work research

Arguments for a synthesis between critical realism and German critical theory

chapter 6|14 pages

Experiences of ethnic discrimination

Potentials for social change in Taiwan

chapter 8|13 pages

Mature law in the Nordic countries

Critical perspectives on social work in the context of public authority

chapter 9|13 pages

From experimentalism to governance tool

Local community work caught between emancipative goals and the sanctioning state

chapter 10|13 pages

Learning from user perspectives

Critical reflections in the frontline of employment-oriented social work

chapter 12|12 pages

Inclusion is a two-way process

Policy and social intervention among migrants

chapter 13|13 pages

Knowing risk

Why we need an empirical quantitative critique in social work and research

chapter 14|13 pages

Decision making and risk in social work

Critical reflections on digital technologies

chapter 15|14 pages

Revitalising the concept of surface and depth

An analytical tool for critical reflection

chapter 16|13 pages

The promise of social change

Critical reflections on social innovation