Canonical critiques and geopolitical shifts: addressing the neoliberalism/collective dichotomy in social work

Heather Lynch, Tina Wilson

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Abstract

This article problematizes the disciplinary ‘black-boxing’ of the concept of neoliberalism, and the concomitant idealization of community as antidote, within social work scholarship. Our central claim is that an oppressive neoliberalism/authentic community dichotomy cannot adequately represent the major problems and solutions facing state-sponsored social work today. We argue that the thought behind ‘neoliberalism’ is much more complex and nuanced than is widely assumed, and that making this complexity visible provides a means of developing forms of critique crucial to addressing the contemporary problems of increasingly illiberal societies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work and Society
Volume21
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Neoliberalism
  • Community
  • Critical Social Work
  • Mont Pèlerin Society
  • Politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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