Parton, Nigel and Jordan, Bill (2004) Social work, the public sphere and civil society. In: Reflecting on social work - discipline and profession. Contemporary Social Work Studies . Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 12-29. ISBN 9780754619055

Social work has always been a contested activity and its status as an academic discipline remains uncertain. There is currently renewed interest in the theoretical and research dimensions of social work, at a time when significant changes in the broad social, political and economic context in which practice takes place require a re-evaluation of social work's role and a re-examination of its identity.

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