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Rural Social Work in the UK

Themes and Challenges for the Future

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  • Reflects a new interest in rural models of practice that is increasingly being discussed by practitioners and academics
  • Provides a focus on rural social work issues from the UK, which has been overlooked in the literature until now
  • Includes a range of contributions from social work academics and practitioners

Part of the book series: Rethinking Rural (RR)

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About this book

This book draws together writers from various backgrounds to discuss issues that affect those working in rural social work settings, on themes ranging from current issues that are common to rural localities (including those arising from the Covid-19 pandemic) to future challenges. Common themes that run through all the chapters and hold them together include community and place, stigma and alienation, inequality and social justice, and the environment. Several of the chapters include a strong user voice and  challenge cis-heteronormative and other stereotypes of rural life by celebrating diversity in these communities.

The book will therefore be invaluable to rural practitioners, students studying to work in rural settings and their educators, as well as rural sociologists and policy makers. 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Shiskine, Isle of Arran, UK

    Colin Turbett

  • C139 Bowland North, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, UK

    Jane Pye

About the editors

Colin Turbett was a front line social worker and manager in the West of Scotland for 40 years. He has authored various papers and a book on rural social work, as well as other published work on critical/radical social work themes.

Jane Pye is a Lecturer in Social Work at Lancaster University, UK.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rural Social Work in the UK

  • Book Subtitle: Themes and Challenges for the Future

  • Editors: Colin Turbett, Jane Pye

  • Series Title: Rethinking Rural

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-52439-4Published: 02 May 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-52442-4Due: 16 May 2025

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-52440-0Published: 30 April 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2730-7123

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-7131

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 315

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Social Work, Social Policy, Politics of the Welfare State, Social Work and Community Development, Comparative Social Policy

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