Conclusion: the changing face or the fall of social work?

Steve Rogowski

in Social work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303527 | DOI:
Conclusion: the changing face or the fall of social work?

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This concluding chapter discusses views that continue to see social work in Britain as being compatible with values of social justice and of seeking social change, despite the current dominant belief that neoliberalism is here to stay and is the best we can hope for. Neoliberalism's concern with marketisation and reducing public expenditure has seen the introduction of managerialism to control financial costs and in turn social workers. In a culture of choice and self-expression, at the very least happiness and well-being demand a balance by way of emotional closeness, respect, and collective solidarity, values that in turn connect to notions of social justice and diversity. The belief in free markets and limited state intervention remains intact and the resulting policies are affecting developments in social work and social care to the extent that they threaten the very existence of the profession. New Labour embraced the new welfare culture, envisaging a modernised welfare state as having to work with the grain of market imperatives.

Keywords: New Labour; social work; Britain; managerialism; social justice; social change; neoliberalism; marketisation; social workers; welfare state

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