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‘Duty of care’ or ‘duty to care’: the responsibilisation of social work


Vreugdenhil, AJ, Duty of care' or duty to care': the responsibilisation of social work, Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring, Routledge, B Pease, A Vreugdenhil, and S Stanford (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781138225589 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]


The book brings a critical ethic of care into the realm of theory and practice in social work. Informed by critical theory, feminism, intersectionality and postcolonialism, the book interrogates the concept of care in a wide range a social work settings. It examines care in the context of social neglect, interdisciplinary perspectives, the responsibilisation agenda in social work and the ongoing debate about care and justice. It situates care in the settings of mental health, homelessness, elder care, child protection, asylum seekers and humanitarian aid. It further demonstrates what can be learnt about care from the postcolonial margins, Aboriginal societies, LGBTI communities and disability politics. It demonstrates ways of transforming the politics and practices of care through the work of feminist mothers, caring practices by men, meditations on love, rethinking self-care and extending care to the natural environment and the principles informing cross-species care.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:duty of care, social work
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Vreugdenhil, AJ (Associate Professor Anthea Vreugdenhil)
ID Code:119143
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-07-26
Last Modified:2018-01-18

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