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David Hodgson
Edith Cowan University
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#1David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
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Discretionary judgment is a necessary and desirable attribute of child protection practice and decision-making. Increasingly, approaches towards accountability in child protection services act to constrain the use of practitioner discretionary judgement through ever increasing layers of standardisation and technical-rational approaches to practice. This situation is at odds with the need for professionals to adaptively respond to practice environments that are characterised by uncertainty and co...
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#1Lynelle WattsH-Index: 4
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AbstractA governmental research inquiry was conducted into the policy to raise the school leaving age in Western Australia. The study aimed to problematise the policy so as to identify and examine the rationale and intervening practices with young people who were deemed to be at-risk of not meeting the new school leaving age requirements. Drawing on interviews and policy documents, this paper elaborates the concept of ‘apparatus’ as defined by Foucault and Agamben to identify the contexts and co...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
The previous chapters have outlined the theoretical ideas pertinent to understanding social justice. This chapter synthesises these ideas into a coherent framework that includes a summary of the critical, distributive, participatory democracy and autonomy and rights philosophies presented in earlier chapters. We present this framework as an integrated and reflexive way to think about social justice practice, and the chapter then draws on social work literature to outline in brief form a wide ran...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
What is the relation of democracy and participation to social justice? While the distributive theory offers an account of social justice at the level of abstracted principle, others focus their attention on specific conditions and practices that allow social injustice to emerge as a condition of social arrangements. Work by the philosopher Iris Marion Young offers a critical account of social justice, particularly in relation to concepts such as difference and oppression, and how these are impli...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
Social work is a discipline and a profession, and learning about social work typically commences with a course of study in a university or tertiary institution. Hence, teaching and learning about social work is key to a solid consideration of social justice. However, given the complex and contested nature of social justice, the approach to teaching social justice needs to be thought through and systematic. This chapter is focussed on teaching and learning for social justice in social work curric...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
Social justice has long been an important aim and driving aspiration for social work. The pursuit of social justice is enshrined in ethical codes, practice standards and social work literature around the world, and social work may be considered as an organised attempt at working for social justice. This chapter explains the historical background and meaning of social justice before exploring how social justice is understood in the discipline of social work. Particular emphasis will explore the c...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
Capitalism and neoliberalism are widely critiqued in social work. Neoliberalism in particular is considered a problematic form of economic and social philosophy that is detrimental to human and ecological well-being and leads to the dismantling of social welfare. As such, neoliberalism is criticised on the grounds that it is an anathema to social justice. Critiques of neoliberalism in the social work literature posit that neoliberalism is deeply implicated in various injustices and contend that ...
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#1Lynelle Watts (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
#2David Hodgson (ECU: Edith Cowan University)H-Index: 4
What is social injustice and why does it persist? Every day we read about, hear about or see various forms of injustice. Poverty and deprivation exists side by side with conspicuous wealth and enormous privilege; numerous humanitarian crises seem to overwhelm the capacity and political will of nation-states; violence at a regional, local and interpersonal level continues to inflict harm and misery on millions of people; discrimination, endemic racism and prejudice in many forms have become a nor...
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