Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world.
Smith, Linda Harms
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SMITH, L.H. and FERGUSON, I. 2016. Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world. In Taylor, I., Bogo, M., Lefevre, M. and Teater, B. (eds.) Routledge international handbook of social work education. Abingdon: Routledge [online], pages 197-208. Available from: http://www.routledge.com/9781138890237
The turmoil, struggle, deepening poverty and inequality in which the world finds itself requires a responsive social work practice, theory and education. However, the current era of neoliberalism, ‘post-welfare capitalism’ and external socio-political pressures (Ioakimidis et al, 2014), increasingly suppresses social work’s mandate of working for social justice and social change (Yazbek, 2014, Sewpaul, 2013). The reconceptualisation of social work in a context of rampant wealth accumulation and deepening poverty has led to the need for more orthodox social work assumptions and theories to be challenged (Ioakimidis et al, 2014; Sewpaul, 2014; Harms Smith, 2013).