Social workers perform their tasks in a wide variety of social settings, involving intensely intimate contacts that intervene in a clients moral and social privacy. In this book the author argues the practical relevance of actual sociological research as a valuble resource that can help improve services for clients. A highly recommended book for all practitioners, teachers, managers, social policy planners, and students interested in sociological aspects in our society.
International Social Work
This book will be a useful resource for teaching. The author is convincing in his grasp of contemporary issues in social work and is successful in bringing his sociological perspective to bear on these issues.
The book is divided into chapters that focus on the relationship between social work and service users, informal care, illness, institutions, stigma, delinquency and relative deprivation. The text is broken down into easy-to-follow sections accompanied by references to the literature that will be useful to students.
Graham Allen, Department of Sociology, University of Southampton
We've been struggling for a text, but this is great for us… because it covers a wide range of material in a way that will be understandable by both the sociology and social work students. I particularly like the progression of the book, with each chapter following on well from the last.