Social Work and the City
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Social Work and the City

Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work
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Charlotte Williams
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Part I. Making Sense of the City; Charlotte Williams.- Introduction and Overview.- Chapter 1. Social Work and the Urban Age.- Chapter 2. Beyond the Soup Kitchen.- Chapter 3. Reconstructing Urban Social Work.- Chapter 4. Researching the City: Possibilities for Social Work Research.- Part II. Social Issues and the City: New Directions in Practice.- Introduction; Charlotte Williams.- Chapter 5. Superdiversity and the City; Dirk Geldof.- Chapter 6. Ageing in Urban Environments: Challenges and Opportunities; Chris Phillipson and Mo Ray.- Chapter 7. Disabling Cities and Repositioning Social Work; Michael J. Prince.- Chapter 8. Care, Austerity and Resistance; Donna Baines.- Chapter 9. Homelessness in Western Cities; Carole Zufferey .- Chapter 10. Living on the Edge: New Forms of Poverty on the Urban Fringe; Sonia Martin and Robin Goodman.- Chapter 11. Educating for Urban Social Work; Susie Costello and Julian Raxworthy.- Conclusion. Urban Themes in 21st Century Social Work; Charlotte Williams.
This book critically explores ways of thinking about the city and its relevance for the profession of social work. It provides a colourful illustration of practice drawing on examples of social work responses to a range of issues emerging from the unprecedented scale, density and pace of change in cities. The associated challenges posed for social work include: the increased segregation of the poor, the crisis of affordable housing, homelessness, gentrification, ageing, displacement as a result of migrations, and the breakdown of social support and care.