A sense of participation and opportunities to share and participate in activities or groups that are important to them are crucial factors in human wellbeing.

This book provides a robust empirical and theoretical analysis of reciprocity and its implications for social work and social policy practices by discussing how ideas of reciprocity can be understood and applied to welfare policy and social care practices, as well as how the act of reciprocity supports the wellbeing of citizens.  Contributions from Finland, Germany, Russia, the UK, the USA and Canada illuminate the ways in which socio-political contexts influence the power relations between citizens, practitioners and the state, and the potential (or otherwise) for reciprocity to flourish.

It will be essential reading for social care practitioners, researchers and educationalists as well as postgraduate students in social work and related social care and community-oriented professions and social policy makers.

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part I|48 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Reciprocity and well-being

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chapter 3|11 pages

Reciprocity and normativity in social work

A complex relationship based on the Capability Approach
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part II|69 pages

Reciprocity in practice and community settings

chapter 4|20 pages

Reciprocity in peer-led mutual aid groups in the community

Implications for social policy and social work practices
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chapter 6|17 pages

Risk and reciprocity in residential care

Some problems with a universal norm
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