Recent years have witnessed increased international interest in the relevance of social theories associated with postmodernism, social constructionism and narrative approaches for social work. The central aim of this book is to demonstrate how such ideas can make a direct and positive contribution to social work practice. The innovative approach is affirmative and reflexive and emphasis is given to dialogue, process and plurality of knowledge and voice. Richly illustrated by case examples, the book is an ideal introduction to an important new area of social work theory.
NIGEL PARTON is Professor in Child Care and Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield. A qualified social worker, he is the author of many books, including The Politics of Child Abuse, Governing the Family and Child Protection(with David Thorpe and Corinne Wattam). He is also co-editor of the journal Children and Society. - PATRICK O'BYRNE was Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Huddersfield from 1979-1999, where he lectured extensively on a range of social work methods. He is co-author, with Judith Milner, of Assessment in Social Work. AE(00): Consultant Editor:Jo Campling