Social work in Brazil in the vortex of three crises: pandemic, social and political.
Professor Gary Spolander email@example.com
Professor of Social Work
Rafael da Silva Barbosa
Social work in Brazil advocates a radical and critical model of social work theorisation and practice. This article explores the Brazilian theoretical and practice model, identifying the profession as being in a vortex of COVID-19, increasing state economic austerity, attacks on previously hard-won progressive social policy, and increasing inequality and precarity. This provides a challenging practice environment. The professional re-conceptualisation model proposes that social work needs to fully theorise social difficulties to ensure that the profession intervenes to address the causes of the problems, rather than manifestations underlying them. Through aligning itself with working-class conflicts, promoting rights and refusing to accept the rolling-back of support, the Brazilian framework, located within its social realities, offers an opportunity for social workers globally to consider what lessons can be learnt, to recognise the uniqueness of its perspectives and to provide solidarity through its recognition.
GARCIA, M.L.T., SPOLANDER, G. and DA SILVA BARBOSA, R. 2023. Social work in Brazil in the vortex of three crises: pandemic, social and political. British journal of social work [online], 53(1), pages 656-672. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcac129
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||May 30, 2022|
|Online Publication Date||Aug 18, 2022|
|Publication Date||Jan 31, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Sep 2, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Sep 2, 2022|
|Journal||British journal of social work|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Social work; Social workers; Brazil; COVID-19; International social work; Critical and radical social work; Political social work|
GARCIA 2023 Social work in Brazil (VOR)
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Final VOR uploaded 23.03.2023
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