Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers

Paperback Student Social Work

By (author) Viviene E. Cree


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 242mm x 18mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 9 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415446228
  • ISBN 13: 9780415446228
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 6 black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 255,675

Product description

How does a social work student make the connection between sociological knowledge and day-to-day social work? Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers provides an introduction to sociological ideas and research and places them firmly into the context of actual social work practice. It encourages readers to develop critical awareness and reach their own judgements about the usefulness and implications of holding certain conceptual positions and shows how social work can be better informed and improved by doing so. Fully revised and updated throughout, this second edition examines sociology in relation to key areas of social work and probation practice, and includes one new chapter. Areas covered are: Family Childhood Youth Community Care and Caring Health and Illness Crime. Essential reading for all social work and probation studies students, this text looks beyond individual and psychological explanations and solutions to develop a sociological knowledge base for social work practice.

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Author information

Viviene E. Cree is Professor of Social Work Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is the editor of Social Work: A Reader and Becoming a Social Worker and co-author of Social Work: Voices from the Inside, all published by Routledge. She is also co-author of Social Work: Making a Difference and co-editor of the series Social Work in Practice, published jointly by BASW and the Policy Press.

Review quote

'In her immensely readable book, Professor Cree enthusiastically demonstrates that the study of sociology can help students improve their social work practice. In doing so, she shows that sociology has been a key influence on politics in the past 50 years - especially in its analysis of family and community.' - Martin Davies, University of East Anglia, UK

Table of contents

1. Sociological perspectives 2. Family 3. Childhood 4. Youth 5. Community 6. Care and caring 7. Health and illness 8. Crime and deviance 9. Towards sociological practice