Title

Critical Thoughts on American Social Work and the Crisis of Modernity: Lessons From Theory and Current Events

Published In

Journal of Progressive Human Services

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Social work in America is at a curious junction: continue down the status quo path of professionalization or embrace an antagonistic and critical, political stance toward global institutions and the logics of injustice. This article defines the junction as a crisis of modernity wherein the institutions and logics reflecting modernity’s primary forms—capitalism and democracy—suffer material and affective setbacks. The New Social Work Left movement is advocated as a useful response to the crisis of modernity, and initial strategies are offered for fostering a New Social Work Left in the United States.

DOI

10.1080/10428232.2017.1334286

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/26401

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