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Reconceptualizing social work in times of crisis: An examination of the cases of Greece, Spain and Portugal

Ioakimidis, Vasilios and Santos, Clara Cruz and Herrero, Ines Martinez (2014) 'Reconceptualizing social work in times of crisis: An examination of the cases of Greece, Spain and Portugal.' International Social Work, 57 (4). 285 - 300. ISSN 0020-8728

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Abstract

What started as a peripheral banking crisis in 2008 within five years triggered the deepest recession Europe has seen in decades, escalating to manifold socio-political crises. Under these circumstances, many social workers find themselves in a situation of extreme pressure and insecurity. Traditional theories and orthodox practices are now challenged by frontline social workers. This article explores such a ‘reconceptualization’ process, evaluating recent developments and changes in Spanish, Portuguese and Greek social work. We argue that the current crisis has generated a profound (re)politicization of social workers which leads to the redefinition of the core values and principles of social work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crisis, Greece, Portugal, neoliberalism, radical social work, reconceptualization, social justice, Spain
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21443

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