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Social Work and the City

Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work

Editors: Williams, Charlotte (Ed.)

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  • Presents insights from a range of leading contributors that are uniquely positioned at the intersection of social work and urban studies 
  • Provokes debate about how the profession of social work is adapting to major transformations in the city 
  • Shows both the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century city
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About this book

This book critically explores ways of thinking about the city and its relevance for the profession of social work. It provides a colourful illustration of practice drawing on examples of social work responses to a range of issues emerging from the unprecedented scale, density and pace of change in cities. The associated challenges posed for social work include: the increased segregation of the poor, the crisis of affordable housing, homelessness, gentrification, ageing, displacement as a result of migrations, and the breakdown of social support and care. 
Drawing on multiple disciplines, this groundbreaking work shows that these familiar features of the twenty-first century can be counteracted by the positive aspects of the city: its innovation, creativity and serendipity. It has a redistributive, caring and cohesive potential. The city can provide new opportunities and resources for social work to influence, to collaborate, to foster participation and involvement, and to extend its social justice mandate. The book shows that the city represents a critical arena in terms of the future of social work intervention and social work identity. In doing so, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of social work, social policy, community work and urban studies.

About the authors

Charlotte Williams OBE is Professor and Deputy Dean of Social Work at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a qualified social worker and has practiced in rural and urban contexts. She has extensively theorised issues of place, locality and nationhood as they affect social welfare practice, particularly in relation to the exclusion of minoritised ethnic groups.

Reviews

“Williams’ book “Social Work and the City” is an exciting and very relevant read for researchers as well as social work students. It manages to couple some of the most pressing issues relating to the consequences of urbanization with the historical roots of social work in the city. It covers relevant introductory chapters as well as a range of cutting edge issues for social work to cope with now and in the future.” (Mia Arp Fallov, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University)

“The increasing global trends towards urbanization have placed greater emphasis on the need for scholars and practitioners to focus on these geographic settings. It also is highly desirable to have a book devoted to urban social work because the profession was born in cities. This book promises to bring renewed attention to how the profession can play an influential role in shaping practice and scholarship with an urban focus.” (Melvin Delgado, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51623-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51622-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Work and the City
Book Subtitle
Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work
Editors
  • Charlotte Williams
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51623-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51623-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51622-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 299
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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