Journal Article

Parton, Howe and Postmodernity: A Critical Comment on Mistaken Identity

CAROLE SMITH and SUSAN WHITE

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 275-295
Published in print April 1997 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011204
Parton, Howe and Postmodernity: A Critical Comment on Mistaken Identity

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In their contributions to the debate about social work, modernity and postmodernity Parton(1994) and Howe (1994) argue that the recent changes in social work practice can best be understood as features of, or responses to, the postmodern social order in which it is located. This has led, they argue, to an increasing fragmentation of the profession and an undermining of its formal knowledge base. We will argue here that, not only does such an argument oversimplify the nuances of the ‘postmodernity’ question, but it represents a misreading of the pressures affecting practice at this time, which are more properly attributable to the operation of the discourses and ideologies of a particular phase of late capitalism and high modernity.

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Subjects: Social Work

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