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Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world.

Harms Smith, Linda; Ferguson, Iain


Linda Harms Smith

Iain Ferguson


Imogen Taylor

Marion Bogo

Michelle Lefevre

Barbra Teater


The turmoil, struggle, deepening poverty and inequality in which the world finds itself requires a responsive social work practice, theory and education. However, the current era of neoliberalism, 'post-welfare capitalism' and external socio-political pressures (Ioakimidis et al, 2014), increasingly suppresses social work's mandate of working for social justice and social change (Yazbek, 2014, Sewpaul, 2013). The reconceptualisation of social work in a context of rampant wealth accumulation and deepening poverty has led to the need for more orthodox social work assumptions and theories to be challenged (Ioakimidis et al, 2014; Sewpaul, 2014; Harms Smith, 2013).


HARMS SMITH, L. and FERGUSON, I. 2016. Practice learning: challenging neoliberalism in a turbulent world. In Taylor, I., Bogo, M., Lefevre, M. and Teater, B. (eds.) Routledge international handbook of social work education. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 17, pages 197-208. Available from:

Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2016
Publication Date Apr 12, 2016
Deposit Date May 22, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2017
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 197-208
Series Title Routledge international handbooks
Book Title Routledge international handbook of social work education
Chapter Number Chapter 17
ISBN 9781138890237
Keywords Social work; Social work practice; Practice learning; Social work education; Practice placements
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