Social work for lazy radicals: relationship building, critical thinking and courage in practice

Jane Fenton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Be proud to be a lazy radical! This textbook makes the case for a radical approach to social work that can be embraced by everyone. It's an approach based on real empathy and an understanding of oppression, of managerialism, of the moral heart of social work, of humanism and of the effects of neoliberal hegemony. Jane Fenton provides a model of radical practice for students and social workers who are committed to ‘doing the right thing’, and who want to develop their own framework for practice.

This book will appeal to students who are activists, but want to frame their individual-level practice in a meaningful way, and to those who are non-activist and non-political but simply want to be good social workers. It will give a political and moral understanding of social work practice and lead to confident, value-based and enjoyable social work.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRed Globe Press (Palgrave imprint)
Number of pages190
ISBN (Electronic)9781352002461
ISBN (Print)9781352002454
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2019



  • radical social work

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