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Phillip Ablett
University of the Sunshine Coast
SociologySocial workPolitical scienceCritical social workEconomic inequality
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#1Christine MorleyH-Index: 11
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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Pedagogies for Social Work traverses new territory by providing a cutting-edge overview of the work of classic and contemporary theorists, in a way that expands their application and utility in social work education and practice; thus, providing a bridge between critical theory, philosophy, and social work. Each chapter showcases the work of a specific critical educational, philosophical, and/or social theorist including: Henry Giroux, Michel Foucault, Corneliu...
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#1Phillip AblettH-Index: 5
#2Christine MorleyH-Index: 11
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The question of education for democratic ‘empowerment and liberation’, and how this might guide pedagogic practice is seldom raised and extremely challenging for social work education today. This chapter takes up the proposition that social work, through its educational practices, ‘can’ deliver on its promise of ‘democratic practice’ if democracy is understood as a process and not a predefined product. We argue that such a process and its embodiment in institutions cannot exist without the forma...
#1Christine MorleyH-Index: 11
#2Phillip AblettH-Index: 5
This chapter explores Henry Giroux’s vision of critical pedagogy and its implications for social work education and practice. Giroux offers a rich, philosophical and political approach to education that can be applied to help reinvigorate social work as a critical project. His vision is committed to creating citizen activists who are cognisant of structural oppression, yet also connected with a sense of agency to work toward a radically democratic and just society. The implications of this are a...
#1Christine MorleyH-Index: 11
#2Phillip AblettH-Index: 5
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In the current context of the neoliberal subordination of social work education and practice to market demands and public austerity, this chapter argues that there is an urgent need for ‘critical pedagogies’ in social work education, enabling practitioners to understand and respond effectively to the conditions (many of them global in scope) that give rise to so much avoidable suffering in the lives of the people we work with. This chapter traces the historical development of critical pedagogy a...
This article seeks to explicate one form of technical rationality (ie the technological development of robotics) in social work education and practice. As advances in robotics evolve, questions are raised about the role of technicist education in reducing social work practice to a set of tasks that are repeatable, formulaic and linear (ie tasks that robots are capable of performing). We conduct a critical synthesis of the literature to explore how these parallel processes potentially create a se...
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"Contemporary global challenges require practitioners to confidently analyse the dominant discourses and develop frameworks and strategies for future change. Engaging with Social Work equips students with a critical perspective and develops their understanding of social work and human services practice, with an emphasis on the principles of social justice and human rights. This fully revised second edition includes a new chapter on the emerging challenges and opportunities for social work, cover...
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Social work is a contested tradition, torn between the demands of social governance and autonomy. Today, this struggle is reflected in the division between the dominant, neoliberal agenda of service provision and the resistance offered by various critical perspectives employed by disparate groups of practitioners serving diverse communities. Critical social work challenges oppressive conditions and discourses, in addition to addressing their consequences in individuals’ lives. However, very few ...
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Growing global and national inequality, increased labour insecurity under industrial citizenship, and a shrinking labour market have resulted in an emerging 'precariat'population. Such insecurity, driven by inequalities and intensified by technological developments in robotics and automation, in the capitalist system and neoliberal social policies perpetuates stark division between the wealthy and the poor. Given these transformations, this article explores some examples of current Australian po...
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