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A master of social welfare, social work and comparative social policy has written a masterful book. Enough already of professional social work, it has denounced itself with decades of foolish accommodations, empty scholarship and even a wandering commitment to those in need. Unique in these sorts of analyses, Mohan asks for the consideration of elements outside of the ambience of social work but with a humane and humanistic commitment. Reflecting the modesty of his deep learning, he refrains from offering a vision.
The Future of Social Work is a brilliant exposé of social work’s ontology and authenticity—a subject mostly untouched by intellectuals in the field. Brij Mohan re-examines the Legitimacy Crisis of his calling with courage and convictions strengthened only by his vast knowledge and experiences. The ‘heretic’ thrust of this unmatched opus may save social work from falling into the traps of competitive, market-based professionalization.
In The Future of Social Work, Professor Brij Mohan explores ‘plateaus of practice’ that believers might find unsettling. The book is a futuristic humane critique of contemporary professional ethics and practice. Mohan’s ‘Seven Pillars of Practice’ proffer a ‘liberatory praxis’ that snorkels the depths of knowledge in search of jewels of truth. As a philosopher of social hope, the author suggests a paradigm shift, thereby challenging social sciences and humanities to thwart the possibility of a dystopian future.
The book is a scholarly analysis of social work education with an implicit comparative view. It also is a brutally honest critique of robotic–human interface. It posits social work in this conflict as slowly morphing into inanity.
‘A master of social welfare, social work and comparative social policy has written a masterful book…Perhaps Mohan’s desire to ‘demystify the power of materialism at the expense of philosophical streams’ is best realized by first addressing the problems of social and economic inequality— two policies that are impeded by contemporary social work practice.’