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Sociology for Social Workers, 2nd Edition

Sociology for Social Workers, 2nd Edition

Anne Llewellyn, Lorraine Agu, David Mercer

ISBN: 978-0-745-66032-5

Dec 2014, Polity

352 pages


The second edition of this major textbook clearly shows how sociology can inform professional social work practice in the twenty-first century. It provides an easy-to-follow, jargon-free introduction to sociology for social work students, with crucial links to practice across a comprehensive range of topics.

The need for an appreciation of the insights sociology has to offer about our world and our actions within it has been underlined by recent reforms to social work education, and the new edition furthers its commitments to this goal. The book shows how sociology is an exciting and relevant topic to social work with a variety of service user groups, and supports and extends students’ learning through carefully designed pedagogical features. Richly illustrated with evidence and examples, the book uses engaging case studies to demonstrate the relevance of sociology to everyday practice.

The new edition has been fully updated to explore contemporary issues for social workers, locating these in the context of global changes and strengthening its application of sociological theories to social work practice. Sociology for Social Workers will continue to be an invaluable teaching and learning resource that takes seriously sociology’s capacity to contribute to positive social work practice.

Chapter 1 What is Sociology?
Chapter 2 Social Class, Poverty and Social Exclusion
Chapter 3 Gender
Chapter 4 Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 5 Disability
Chapter 6 Sexuality and Sexual Exploitation
Chapter 7 Deviance and Crime
Chapter 8 Family and Community
Chapter 9 Children and Young People
Chapter 10 Old Age
Chapter 11 Health and Mental Health
Chapter 12 Social Work and Social Context
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  • Fully updated to incorporate the most pressing contemporary issues for social workers
  • Furthers its location of social work issues within the context of global changes
  • Further strengthens application of sociological theories to social work practice

This book is an essential read for all social work students and newly-qualified practitioners.
Dr Steve Rogowski, Professional Social Work

This new, updated version will help training and qualified social workers to make links between policy, practice and sociological theory and assist them to identify their role and contribution to challenging structural inequalities evident in society today.
Sheila Furness, University of Bradford

This second edition is recommended as core reading for all social work students as it skilfully captures the central relevance of a sociological understanding to the whole social work curriculum. It also demonstrates via the use of carefully selected examples the location of social work as a profession within the social and political context. Never has such a text been more needed.
Cath Holmstrom, Middlesex University