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Social Professional Activity: The Search for a Minimum Common Denominator in Difference $89.00
Authors: Claire Dorrity (Univ. College Cork, Dept. of Applied Social Studies, Co. Cork, Ireland) and Peter Herrmann (Univ. College of Cork, Dept. of Applied Social Studies, Cork, Ireland) 
Book Description:
There is an ongoing debate on the question if professional activities in the field of the social do actually have a genuinely ‘own’ scientific basis or if their academic standing depends entirely on other disciplines as sociology, economics, administration or law. The present book offers an answer – by actually twisting the question into another direction: the question for the common denominator should not be employed by looking for the original disciplinary basis. Instead, it is more important to look at a common point of reference towards which activities – and research – can be geared. The editors propose human rights as such reference and make in their own introductory contribution clear that any contemplation on such rights cannot be limited on abstract moral and normative questions nor can it be left to the arbitrariness of cultural relativism.
It is proposed to develop a systematic approach, not starting from a translation of abstract principles into their application in concrete situations. On the contrary, the concrete human practice and its analysis has to be taken as focal point.

Some of the contributions directly take this topic up as matter by way of engaging in a general methodological discussion whereas other contributions deal with specific aspects of a field of social professions, showing the necessary variety of the pieces of a jigsaw on its own.

The volume motivates students, scholars and professionals researching and working in the social array to think outside their ancestral box, focussing on sound and reasoned values rather than allowing abstract professional standards to take over.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Acknowledgments

Peter Herrmann/Claire Dorrity

Critic of Pure Individualism:

Human Rights and Social Work

Mapping the Terrain of a Rights-based Perspective: The European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter

Society as connectedness of economic activities – spontaneous processes versus collective action

Human Rights – A Realist Framework?

The Contributions

Bibliography

Silvia Staub-Bernasconi

HUMAN RIGHTS AND THEIR RELEVANCE FOR SOCIAL WORK AS THEORY, EDUCATION AND PRACTICE

I. THE INTEGRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

1. Human Rights as additional diagnostic category for the individual and societal description of the problems and resources of social work clients as vulnerable groups

2. Human Rights and the basic scientific disciplines of social work

3. Human dignity and human rights, the triple mandate of social work and social rights

4. Actors, resources, procedures and methods

II. HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK

References

Silvia Brandi

The Construction of ‘Non-nationals’ in the 2004 Irish Citizenship Referendum. An Insight from a Critical Discourse Analytical Perspective

Introduction

Data, methodology and discursive strategies

Discursive strategies in political discourses on the Other:

The national, European and global context of the Referendum

The Irish context

The European context

The world context

Myths about immigrants in Ireland

Key research findings

McDowell’s ‘non-nationals’: an ideological lexical choice

An Irish example of a stereotypical political discourse on immigration

Unveiling the ideological construction of this article

A case of disguised racist discourse?

Conclusion

Bibliography

Michael O'hAodain

Identifying youth work – ‘The battle for hearts and minds’

Introduction

A Question posed for youth work

Perceptions of Youth Work

A Cross roads for Youth Work in Ireland

Youth Work in Ireland

Defining Youth Work

What is a youth worker?

The Young Person in youth work

Is there something in particular called youth work?

Conclusion

References

Torben Bechmann Jensen

Youth work as Social work – A Danish way of qualified social-pedagogy working with young people

Abstract

The Social

Youth in an Alternative Perspective

The Division of Volunteers and Professionals in Social Work

Us and Them

Division of work and demands for volunteers!

Everyday Social Life Professionalized

Welfare, Health and Polarisation

Conclusion

References:

Eluska Fernández

The Politics of Health Promotion in Ireland: Health and Smoking in Official Discourses

Introduction

Constructing Health: the focus on health behaviour

Strategies of health promotion

The role of education

Community participation and empowerment

Targeting social groups

Anti-smoking Strategies

Smoking, social class and gender

Anti-smoking Policy Initiatives

Conclusion

References

Mary Wilson & Deirdre Quirke

Promoting Partnership and Empowerment through Groupwork: the Way Forward for Social Work Education ’

Intoduction

The Context: Agency Collaboration

The University: Facilitating Groupwork in Social Work Education

The School: Social Inclusion in Special Needs Education

The Funzone Group: Social Groupwork in Practice

Working Creatively: Social Groupwork in Action

Social Work Education: Issues and Possibilities

Conclusion

References

Kerstin Walsh/Ivan Molloy

Creativity and Social Work – Working towards Empowerment in Social Work Practice

The Idea

The Work

The Practice

Concluding Thoughts

References

Jonathan Healy

THE INTERFACE BETWEEN RESEARCH AND POLICY IN IRELAND: THE CASE OF POVERTY

I. INTRODUCTION

II. POVERTY AND POLICY

III. WHAT MAKES GOOD POLICY?

IV. CASE STUDY 1: CHILD POVERTY

V. CASE STUDY 2: SOCIAL EXPENDITURE IN IRELAND

VI. POVERTY REDUCTION EFFECT

VII. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Thanh-Dam Truong

Human Security, Gender and Globalized Interconnectivity

I Introduction

II The Genealogy of Security

III Security, Identity and Gender: Seeds of Conflicts in the Westphalian state system

IV International Security and the Modernization Project: Gendered, Sexualized and Racialized boundaries

IV Human Security and Care: Deepening the Links

Conclusion

References

Contributors

Index

   Series:
      William Thompson Series for Democratic Social Studies and International Social Policy
   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 7 x 10, 201 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61324-120-2
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