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Sociology and Social Work
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Sociology and Social Work

Third Edition


October 2022 | 344 pages | Learning Matters
Sociological perspectives can be used to analyse societal and structural influences on human behaviour at individual, group and community levels. The authors link sociological concepts, debates and theories relating to key areas such as poverty, social exclusion, education, social class and social justice to develop your students' understanding of how sociological perspectives will impact upon their social work placements and practice.

This book begins by taking students step-by-step through the ins and outs of why sociology is important to social work. It explains the relevance of sociology to everyday social work practice, introducing students to the core sociological perspectives that they'll need to get to grips with during their course, including functionalism, Marxism, symbolic interactionism and postmodernism. The book then moves on to explore various social issues in detail (i.e. poverty, social class, social exclusion, education, moral panics), with extended case studies, activities and links to skills in practice illustrating the many opportunities and challenges that each aspect brings to everyday practice. There are also important chapters on family, community and the role of sociology in social work training. 

 
Chapter 1: Developing a sociological imagination: Debunking society
 
Chapter 2: Poverty
 
Chapter 3: Families
 
Chapter 4: Community
 
Chapter 5: Moral Panics
 
Chapter 6: Education
 
Chapter 7: Social class
 
Chapter 8: Looking back, looking forwards: The relevance of sociology for social work