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Social Work and Advanced Marginality

  • Ian CumminsEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter examines social work practice in the context of advanced marginality. It argues that the increasing inequality and polarization of modern urban societies that is outlined in the other chapters of this book has had a direct impact on the role of social workers. It argues that the changes and processes examined in the other contributions have resulted in an environment where social work has an increasingly disciplinary role. The impact of neoliberal welfare retrenchment compounded by austerity is that social work practice is increasingly experienced by service users as negative or punitive interventions in their lives. This is so despite the profession’s clear ethical stance being one that is committed to empowerment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health and Society, University of SalfordSalfordUK

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