Social work as art revisited

Mel Gray, Stephen Webb

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Abstract

In this article we revisit ‘social work as art’, noting that it is just over 20 years since England’s book on the subject provided a direction for the profession’s early defence against empiricism. Those who picked up the ball handed to them by England tended to focus discussions of social work’s ‘art’ on its soft side, embedding it in notions of ‘creativity’, ‘meaning’, ‘self-expression’, ‘intuition’ and ‘quality’, all of which were said to characterise the ‘aesthetic dimensions’ of social work practice as a counterpoint to the rising tide of hard empiricism,
proceduralism and managerialism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-193
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • social work
  • art
  • phenomenology

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