Journal Article

Postmodernization: A Phase We’re Going Through? Management in Social Care

John Lawler and Elizabeth Harlow

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 7, pages 1163-1174
Published in print October 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch209
Postmodernization: A Phase We’re Going Through? Management in Social Care

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This paper considers the challenges facing managers of social care services in public sector organizations in the UK. Some theorists might argue that these challenges are the manifestation of a new postmodern era. It is argued here, however, that society is not fully postmodern: indeed modernity continues with some of its features (such as a concern with rationality and reason) heightened and intensified. Social trends associated with this transitional phase of postmodernization have been highlighted in the literature and here they form the framework for discussing social care management today.

Keywords: Social care management; postmodernization

Journal Article.  4879 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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