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Applied Sociology for Social Work

Applied Sociology for Social Work

January 2018 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Sociology can help students understand why and how so many of the problems their service users face occur in the first place, helping them choose effective ways to communicate and make informed decisions on how their needs can be fully met. This book offers students a framework to explore how their professional responsibility to understanding sociology can be realised in every aspect of their work with a diverse range of service user groups including children and families, adults, older people, people with learning disabilities and people suffering from mental distress. The book takes students step-by-step through the theoretical grounding, what sociology is, how it is relevant to everyday social work practice, and what are the key aspects of sociological theory that need to be understood. 

Functionalism and Social Work
Interactionism and Social Work
Conflict Theory and Social Work
Children, Sociology and Social Work
Learning Disabilities, Sociology and Social Work
Mental Health, Sociology and Social Work
Older People, Sociology and Social Work

This book is a timely addition to the landscape of social work education as it reminds us of the importance of sociological perspectives underpinning theory and practice.

Chris Yianni
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University

This book is a must for all students and staff involved in social work and sociology study,  teaching or practice. It is concise yet thorough and demonstrates excellent applied links between social science and social work. It is richly illustrated with casework examples and draws on a range of essential specialist subject areas and sociological methods and concepts. This book is an excellent and invaluable resource.

Dr Jill Davey
Principal Academic, Bournemouth University

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