Case Con and radical social work in the 1970s: the impatient revolutionaries

Jeremy Weinstein

in Radical social work today

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428189
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303138 | DOI:
Case Con and radical social work in the 1970s: the impatient revolutionaries

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Radical social work was published in 1975, while Case Con, ‘the revolutionary magazine for social workers’, first appeared in 1970. Both the book and the magazine shared a social and historical moment and were engaged in the same struggles, but they stepped onto the stage at slightly different times and played somewhat different roles. This chapter explores the experience of Case Con, both as a quarterly magazine and as an aspiring organisation of radical social workers, and how it complemented and/or competed with Radical social work in the development of radical social work in Britain in the 1970s. The magazine reflected a potent mixture of theory and activism. A fairly continuous theme was homelessness, with squatters supported when they resisted the bailiffs, and on occasions, families were sheltered in social-work offices to prevent their children being received into care.

Keywords: social work; Britain; Case Con; radical social work; homelessness; social workers

Chapter.  5323 words.  Illustrated.

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