Marxist Approaches to Social Work

Vickers, Tom (2015) Marxist Approaches to Social Work. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier, London, pp. 663-669. ISBN 9780080970868

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This chapter explores the diversity within Marxist approaches to social work, outlining key aspects of Marxism and the implications for social work under capitalist states, in situations where states break down, and under socialist states. Within each of these contexts, key examples are explored to demonstrate the range of approaches taken. The entry argues that there has been a neglect in the English-language literature of Marxist approaches to social work under socialism, and suggests that recent moves to open up the definition of social work through the concept of ‘popular social work’ offer one approach to begin filling this gap.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: socialism, capitalism, Britain, United States, China, Cuba, popular social work, radical social work, state welfare, human services, healthcare, education, politics, dialectical materialism
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tom Vickers
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:34

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