Empowerment and Advocacy



In the previous Chapter, we saw that radical and Marxist theories attempt to offer a perspective on social work which concentrates on social change, but, at least in their more sophisticated formulations, these theories recognise that most workers are concerned with relatively small communities or with individuals, families and small groups rather than political action. So, efforts are made to give guidance for practice which acknowledges and does not conflict with wider social objectives and which might contribute to social change by promoting positive aspects of human experience which would help towards such change. One application of such ideas in non-sexist and feminist social work demonstrated how they could be taken up.


Marxist Theory Oppressed Group Subjective Reality Power Block Negative Valuation 
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© Malcolm Stuart Payne 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Didsbury, ManchesterUK

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