Journal Article

Genericism and Specialization: The Story since 1970

Olive Stevenson

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 5, pages 569-586
Published in print July 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Genericism and Specialization: The Story since 1970

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Using the first three years of the British Journal of Social Work, 1971–74, as a starting point, this paper traces the difficulties which have beset the social work profession in establishing a sound coherent basis both for a generic foundation and for subsequent specializations. It examines the factors which have contributed to these difficulties, in education, in practice and in relation to external factors, notably political. It concludes that social work has been blown off course but that there are hopeful indications of a new impetus to restore and regenerate the essence of good practice.

Keywords: British social work; genericism; specialization

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Subjects: Social Work

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