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New book on social work

Paul Stepney, Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, has launched a new book, ‘Social Work and the Community: A critical context for practice’.
The book explores how in an age of globalisation the concept of community continues to influence policy makers and resonates with the world of the social work practitioner. With an analysis of contemporary social problems, such as poverty, crime and exclusion in a variety of international settings, the book demonstrates why community-based approaches remain important today.
Paul said: “We wanted to explore a central paradox: sociologists have been predicting the death of community for some time, pointing out that in our increasingly fragmented society we no longer know our neighbours let alone care for them.
“On the other hand, social workers frequently find evidence that communities are alive and kicking, and community groups survive sometimes against all the odds in the most disadvantaged areas. The notion of community is also a very seductive concept beloved by politicians of all persuasions.”

Further information

Picture: The front cover of Social Work and the Community: A critical context for practice.
Stepney, P. and Popple, K. (2008) Social Work and the Community: A critical context for practice is published by Palgrave Macmillan, and is available in all good bookshops or direct from the publishers priced £19.99.
Paul’s previous work includes ‘Social work models, methods and theories’, published by Russell House in 2000.
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