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Empowerment, Participation and Social Work

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ISBN-10: 0230019994

ISBN-13: 9780230019997

Edition: 4th 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Robert Adams

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This is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of a rich and uniquely focused text. As with previous editions, the fourth offers coverage that spans both conceptual debates about empowerment and the range of practice issues and challenges that face a social work audience today. It provides a rigorous and extensive discussion of theory, drawing on global aspects of empowerment and linking this clearly to the needs of service users. This new edition includes additional examples reflecting varied global contexts as well as new material on empowering children and adults. Proper emphasis is also given to clarity of style and accessibility so that the book continues to offer an essential…    
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Book details

Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25" wide x 5.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of figures and tables
Introduction to the fourth edition
Glossary
Theories, models and methods for empowering practice
Understanding empowerment
Introduction
Growing significance of empowerment in social work
Empowering elements of self-help
Empowerment in social work: a changing discourse
Working definitions of empowerment
Related concepts
International developments
Conclusion
Further reading
Understanding participation by people who use services and by carers
Introduction
Participation and involvement: contested concepts
Why participation?
Factors inhibiting and encouraging empowerment through participation
Conclusion
Further reading
Useful website
Frameworks for empowerment
Introduction
Theories and models
Problems of power and empowerment
Developing a framework for empowering social work
Framework for empowerment in practice
Conclusion
Further reading
Practising empowerment
Self-empowerment
Introduction
Concept of self-empowerment
Activating self-empowerment
Process of self-empowerment
Conclusion
Further reading
Useful website
Empowering individuals
Introduction
Complexity of empowering work with individuals
Identifying barriers to empowerment
Overcoming barriers to empowerment
Empowering individuals in practice
Empowering approaches to work with individuals
Conclusion
Further reading
Useful website
Empowering groups
Introduction
Features of empowering groups
Relationships between social workers and self-help/user-led groups
Scope of self-help and user-led groups
Processes of group-based empowerment
Conclusion
Further reading
Empowering organizations
Introduction
Factors affecting empowerment of people in organizations
Changing meanings of governance and citizenship
Factors militating against empowerment in organizations
Tackling barriers
Research and theorizing on empowering organizations
Building a shared culture in the workplace
Conclusion
Further reading
Empowering communities and political systems
Introduction
Empowering communities
Features of community empowerment
Empowering political systems
Community profiles
Conclusion
Further reading
Empowering research
Introduction
What makes research empowering?
Approaches to empowering research
Empowering qualitative methodology
The research process
Conclusion
Further reading
Achieving empowerment in social work
Introduction
Empowerment through participation
A systemic approach to empowering people through participation
Conclusion
Further reading
Bibliography
Index