Journal Article

Community Work, Social Work: Green and Postmodern?

MARY LANE

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 27, issue 3, pages 319-341
Published in print June 1997 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011216
Community Work, Social Work: Green and Postmodern?

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Opening with a story about community work, this paper explores developments and challenges in social and political theory and the implications for social work, particularly for collective practices. Feminism, postmodernism and green political theory are of particular interest. The paper argues for an interpretive approach to practice which emphasizes the local and specific, yet aspires to broader political action in the pursuit of social and ecocentric justice. Feminism has much to contribute to this exercise, challenging, as it does, a modern/postmodern divide. The emerging discourse of ecofeminism offers a synthesis of social and ecocentric purposes and values as a basis for tackling inequalities, whilst postmodern feminists enlighten our understanding of difference and encourage us to renounce certainty and last proofs.

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Subjects: Social Work

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