Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Synopsis

How does a social work student make the connection between sociological knowledge and day-to-day social work procedures? This book offers an introduction to sociological ideas and research, placing it in the context of social work practice.

Excerpt

Every year more and more sociological texts fill the bookshops and libraries: basic introductions, heavy theoretical tomes and a bewildering array of texts on the sociology of the family, crime, employment, education, feminist perspectives and even a sociology of social work. For the social work or probation student with little or no background knowledge of sociology, the field must seem vast and forbidding. With a limited budget to spend on books, which does the student choose to buy: the specialist or the generic text, the introduction or the book on theory? Just as important, how does the student make the connections between sociological knowledge and day-to-day practice in social work and probation?

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers fills a gap in the sociological/social work literature by providing an introduction to sociological ideas and sociological research while at the same time considering the relevance and application of these ideas and concepts to practice with service-users. It examines a range of sociological concepts that are central to an understanding of the context in which practice takes place, and it argues that sociological insight can inform and improve practice today. Howe (1987:166) makes a useful distinction between theories for social work and theories of social work. Theories for social work help to explain people and their situations and to inform practice; theories of social work say something about social work itself: what is it? what is it for? what should it be like? This book is a sociology for social workers and probation officers, looking at the ways in which sociological understandings might inform and improve practice.

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers explores the sociological ideas that influence practice with service-users across all service-user groups: children and families, adult and community care,

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