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Reading Foucault for Social Work

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ISBN-10: 023110717X

ISBN-13: 9780231107174

Edition: 1999

Authors: Adrienne S. Chambon, Allan Irving, Laura Epstein

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This is the first book-length introduction to the work of Michel Foucault in social work. The social work profession is being challenged today to adapt to changing societal and cultural conditions and to carve out a new societal niche. Foucault's work offers a particularly relevant entry point for revisiting social work's mission, activities, and objectives. A critical reexamination of its practices, institutional arrangements, and knowledge helps us to envision alternative social work practices and strategies for social change. Each chapter emphasizes different notions from Foucault's writings. Contributions include conceptual, philosophical, and methodological considerations, and discussions from various fields and levels of practice. The book covers policy in child welfare and child protection; gay-lesbian youth services; grief work and the family; client-worker interaction in a welfare office; and the social movement of the elderly. It includes a rountable discussion with Foucault on social work and a glossary.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Adrienne S. Chambon is associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Allan Irving is professor at the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University and an associate professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. The late Laura Epstein was professor emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Social Work in Perspective
The Culture of Social Work
Waiting for Foucault: Social Work and the Multitudinous Truth(s) of Life
Foucault's Approach: Making the Familiar Visible
Social Work, Social Control, and Normalization: Roundtable Discussion with Michel Foucault
Social Work Practices and Knowledge Reconsidered
Reconfiguring Child Welfare Practices: Risk, Advanced Liberalism, and the Government of Freedom
Contested Territory: Sexualities and Social Work
Foucault and Therapy: The Disciplining of Grief
Resistance and Old Age: The Subject Behind the American Seniors' Movement
Surveillance and Government of the Welfare Recipient
Postmodernity, Ethnography, and Foucault
Conclusion: Issues to Look Forward to
Glossary
List of Contributors
Index