Journal Article

Charles Dickens, Social Worker in His Time

Arlene Bowers Andrews

in Social Work

Published on behalf of National Association of Social Workers

Volume 57, issue 4, pages 297-307
Published in print October 2012 | ISSN: 0037-8046
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1545-6846 | DOI:
Charles Dickens, Social Worker in His Time

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As the world marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth, social workers may take note of the contributions Dickens made to 19th century social reform. Ever the advocate for people who were poor and oppressed, Dickens, in his timeless fictional narratives, continues to have relevance for contemporary social justice advocacy. This article draws on Dickens's biography and writing to highlight select lessons of relevance to social work. The focus is on developing a professional lens, changing social norms, and interpreting case studies across ecological systems.

Keywords: critical thinking and reading; education for reflective practice; liberal arts and social work; literature and social work; narrative practice

Journal Article.  6673 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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