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Reflective Social Work Practice (Paperback): Richard Ingram, Jane Fenton, Ann Hodson, Divya Jindal-Snape Reflective Social Work Practice (Paperback)
Richard Ingram, Jane Fenton, Ann Hodson, Divya Jindal-Snape
R649 R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Save R51 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides social workers with a framework for reflecting on their day-to-day practice. Using a social worker's diary as a starting point, it provides valuable insight in to how reflection enhances skills and how factors such as values and emotions can shape social work practice.

Psychotherapy Relationships that Work - Volume 2: Evidence-Based Therapist Responsiveness (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition):... Psychotherapy Relationships that Work - Volume 2: Evidence-Based Therapist Responsiveness (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
John C Norcross, Bruce E. Wampold
R984 Discovery Miles 9 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 2002, the landmark Psychotherapy Relationships That Work broke new ground by focusing renewed and corrective attention on the substantial research behind the crucial (but often overlooked) client-therapist relationship. This highly cited, widely adopted classic is now presented in two volumes: Evidence-based Therapist Contributions, edited by John C. Norcross and Michael J. Lambert; and Evidence-based Therapist Responsiveness, edited by John C. Norcross and Bruce E. Wampold. Each chapter in the two volumes features a specific therapist behavior that improves treatment outcome, or a transdiagnostic patient characteristic by which clinicians can effectively tailor psychotherapy. In addition to updates to existing chapters, the third edition features new chapters on the real relationship, emotional expression, immediacy, therapist self-disclosure, promoting treatment credibility, and adapting therapy to the patient's gender identity and sexual orientation. All chapters provide original meta-analyses, clinical examples, landmark studies, diversity considerations, training implications, and most importantly, research-infused therapeutic practices by distinguished contributors. Featuring expanded coverage and an enhanced practice focus, the third edition of the seminal Psychotherapy Relationships That Work offers a compelling synthesis of the best available research, clinical expertise, and patient characteristics in the tradition of evidence-based practice. Like the original, this new edition is "A veritable gold mine of research related to relationships, a volume that should be an invaluable reference for every student and practitioner of psychotherapy" (Psychotherapy).

Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology - The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science (Hardcover): Moshe... Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology - The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science (Hardcover)
Moshe Israelashvili, John L. Romano
R3,329 Discovery Miles 33 290 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science offers a comprehensive global overview on prevention science with the most up-to-date research from around the world. Over 100 scholars from 27 different countries (including Australia, Bhutan, Botswana, India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Thailand) contributed to this volume, which covers a wide range of topics important to prevention science. It includes major sections on the foundations of prevention as well as examples of new initiatives in the field, detailing current prevention efforts across the five continents. A unique and innovative volume, The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science is a valuable resource for established scholars, early professionals, students, practitioners and policy-makers.

Human Rights and Social Justice - Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions (Paperback, 2nd Revised... Human Rights and Social Justice - Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Joseph M. Wronka
R1,502 R1,343 Discovery Miles 13 430 Save R159 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This highly accessible, interdisciplinary book describes the creation of a human rights culture as a "lived awareness" of human rights principles, which include human dignity; nondiscrimination; civil and political rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and solidarity rights. This second edition includes numerous social action activities and questions for discussion to help scholars, activists, and practitioners promote the overall well-being of populations.

Social Work with Children and Families (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Maureen O'Loughlin, Steve O'Loughlin Social Work with Children and Families (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Maureen O'Loughlin, Steve O'Loughlin
R506 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R63 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'An excellent introduction to social work with children and families. It links practice with legislation and highlights relevant research findings'. - Mr Dan Burrows,Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University Working with children and families is one of the most challenging, skilled, but ultimately rewarding, areas of social work practice. Social workers need to be able to work with a diverse group of children and their families: from babies to teenagers, single parents to two-parent families and multi-carer families, as well as with a diverse group of professionals, such as the police, schools, hospitals, health centres and various community organisations. They need to be able to understand the law, policy and legislation that surrounds social work with children and families, while continually developing their own skills. Such skills include communication, preparation and planning, intervention, recognition, identification and assessment of significant harm, recording and report writing, managing oneself and the work, problem solving, research and analysis and decision making. This fully revised new edition aims to guide you through all of these areas and more. There are chapters on safeguarding, substitute care for children, family support for children and families, life story work and direct work with children.

Social Work, Social Policy and Older People (Paperback): Robert Johns Social Work, Social Policy and Older People (Paperback)
Robert Johns
R615 R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Save R45 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It is essential for social work students to know about social policy, to know why studying social policy is important in the social work degree, and to understand how social policy, when implemented, has a real impact on the everyday life of vulnerable people. This book provides plenty of examples of this impact, tracing the development of welfare provision for older people right through the twentieth century, leading up to an analysis of contemporary developments, which students will need to know about in order to practice effectively.

Excel 2016 for Social Work Statistics - A Guide to Solving Practical Problems (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Thomas J. Quirk,... Excel 2016 for Social Work Statistics - A Guide to Solving Practical Problems (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Thomas J. Quirk, Simone Cummings
R820 R751 Discovery Miles 7 510 Save R69 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This text is a step-by-step guide for students taking a first course in statistics for social work and for social work managers and practitioners who want to learn how to use Excel to solve practical statistics problems in in the workplace, whether or not they have taken a course in statistics. There is no other text for a first course in social work statistics that teaches students, step-by-step, how to use Excel to solve interesting social work statistics problems. Excel 2016 for Social Work Statistics explains statistical formulas and offers practical examples for how students can solve real-world social work statistics problems. This book leaves detailed explanations of statistical theory to other statistics textbooks and focuses entirely on practical, real-world problem solving. Each chapter briefly explains a topic and then demonstrates how to use Excel commands and formulas to solve specific social work statistics problems. This book gives practice in using Excel in two different ways: (1) writing formulas (e.g., confidence interval about the mean, one-group t-test, two-group t-test, correlation) and (2) using Excel's drop-down formula menus so as not to have to write formulas (e.g., simple linear regression, multiple correlation and multiple regression, and one-way ANOVA). Three practice problems are provided at the end of each chapter, along with their solutions in an Appendix. An additional Practice Test allows readers to test their understanding of each chapter by attempting to solve a specific practical social work statistics problem using Excel; the solution to each of these problems is also given in an Appendix.

Social Work and Mental Health (Paperback, 6th Revised edition): Malcolm Golightley, Robert Goemans Social Work and Mental Health (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
Malcolm Golightley, Robert Goemans
R558 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R73 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, mental health is a more important part of social work training than ever before, and all successful social workers need to understand the core values, skills and knowledge that underpin excellent practice in a modern mental health system. Written as an accessible introduction to the complex issues around mental health, this book has become a classic in its field. Law and policy are clearly outlined while the authors give space to important ethical considerations when working with the most vulnerable in society. There are clear links between policy, legislation and real life practice as well as a wealth of learning features.

The People Solutions Sourcebook (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2012): Neil Thompson The People Solutions Sourcebook (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2012)
Neil Thompson 1
R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Working with people requires engaging with the issues that inevitably affect their lives and work - whether conflict or stress, relationship difficulties or communication breakdown. This hands-on sourcebook is an essential introduction to tackling the problems that arise between people. Offering a wealth of practical advice, methods and strategies, it will support you in building your own toolkit of methods, enabling you to turn problems into successes with both fairness and sensitivity. The book is divided into three easy-to-navigate parts: Part I provides a theoretical backdrop for the book. It explores the factors that contribute to a range of problems and discusses the knowledge, skills and values involved in effective problem solving. Part II is a collection of over eighty tools. Organized alphabetically, each technique is thoroughly explained so that you know when and how it can be used and what results it can deliver. Part III is a guide to further learning, packed with suggestions for reading and designed as a springboard for more advanced learning and skill development. This versatile resource builds on the success of its predecessor (People Problems) to demonstrate the important role that methods can play in working with people and their problems, whatever the setting. Grounded in realism and informed by the author's extensive experience, it will be indispensible for teaching, study and practice across the fields of social care, nursing, human resource and business management and any other professional role which is defined by its contact with people.

Spirituality and Hospice Social Work (Paperback): Ann M. Callahan Spirituality and Hospice Social Work (Paperback)
Ann M. Callahan
R676 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R160 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Many hospice social workers must address spiritual issues with their clients, but do not feel competent to do so effectively. This targeted volume draws upon multidisciplinary theory and research to advance a relational model of spiritually sensitive hospice care. The book will help readers elevate their spiritual competence and foster a relationship with their clients that will enrich the experience for all involved. Spirituality and Hospice Social Work helps practitioners understand various forms of spiritual assessment for use with their clients. The book teaches practitioners to recognize a client's spiritual needs and resources, as well as signs of spiritual suffering. It also discusses religious and spiritual practices that clients may use to enhance their spiritual coping. Spirituality and Hospice Social Work stresses the need for interdisciplinary collaboration with other members of the hospice team, along with the value of maintaining professional ethical standards when addressing spiritual issues. Throughout, the importance of spiritual sensitivity and its effect upon client well-being is emphasized.

Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood and Adolescence (Paperback): Richard Rende Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood and Adolescence (Paperback)
Richard Rende
R1,004 R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Save R103 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How to weigh genetic factors while choosing the best psychosocial interventions Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood and Adolescence explores empirically supported psychosocial interventions in light of our current understanding of the genome. It considers how interventions may be modified and enhanced as the products of genomic research continue to expand and why they offer the most promise for making substantial gains in treatment and prevention. Providing a clear, accessible assessment of our current knowledge, both of the genome and evidence based treatments, Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood and Adolescence provides practical advice to clinicians,policy makers, and others invested in treating young people who present with a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, substance abuse, and dyslexia. Rende discusses the current understanding of genetic etiology of psychopathology, and explores the support, or lack thereof, for various modes of treatment in light of new genomic knowledge. The overall premise is that our advances in genetics will be put to best therapeutic use by fueling translational psychosocial interventions. Key points raised include: * The need for treating children suffering today, rather than waiting for a biological "magic bullet" * Discussion of how empirically-supported interventions mesh with genetic vulnerabilities * Ways in which interventions may change as genetic research continues

Developing Skills for Social Work Practice (Hardcover): Michael A Rogers, Dawn Whitaker, David Edmondson, Donna Peach Developing Skills for Social Work Practice (Hardcover)
Michael A Rogers, Dawn Whitaker, David Edmondson, Donna Peach
R1,593 R1,421 Discovery Miles 14 210 Save R172 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Are your students struggling to get to grips with what social work actually looks like in real-life practice? Are they wanting to know more about how they can develop the right skills and implement the right theory in many different practice situations? Then you have come to the right place! This book will provide your students with everything they need to know and more, helping them develop and hone their skills and make the best start in their practice placements. To get the most out of this book and access more materials to support them through their social work degree, visit the companion website at https://www.study.sagepub.com/rogers to read journal articles, access `how to..' guides and helpful links, as well as hear first-hand from frontline social workers, services users, carers and more.

Social Work and Community Practice (Hardcover, New): Sharon Duca Palmer Social Work and Community Practice (Hardcover, New)
Sharon Duca Palmer
R2,272 R2,018 Discovery Miles 20 180 Save R254 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This new book explores a variety of physical, mental, and lifestyle challenges faced by community populations, including homelessness, community health promotion, nutrition intervention, smoking trends among certain populations, mental health issues among different age and gender groups, substance abuse, domestic violence, contraception, and more. Studies in the book cover a number of important health issues, such as promoting chlamydia screening, class-based nutrition education, exercise and physical activity among children and adults, mental health problems, postpartum depression among women, factors influencing cognition, intimate partner violence, contraception methods, and more.

A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals (Paperback, Second Edition): Morley D. Glicken A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals (Paperback, Second Edition)
Morley D. Glicken
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Straightforward and concise, the second edition of A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals offers students and professionals practical tools to improve their writing. In his animated and highly accessible teaching voice, Glicken presents the rules of punctuation, grammar, and APA style in jargon-free language that's easy to understand. Chapters include detailed, real-world examples on how to write academic papers, client assessments and evaluations, business letters, research proposals and reports, papers for mass audiences, requests for funding, and much more. Glicken provides the most comprehensive writing guide available in an engaging and digestible format, including end-of-chapter exercises that allow readers to further practice their writing and critical thinking skills. A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals is an invaluable resource for current and future human service professionals across social work, psychology, and counseling. Updates to the Second Edition include: *New writing exercises in every chapter to help current and future human service professionals improve critical thinking and expository writing skills *New discussion on social media writing, cyberslang, and writing articles for the mass media on issues related to the human services *A greater emphasis on the difference between politically correct writing and writing that shows sensitivity to diversity *Expanded coverage of critical thinking and writing, conducting research, and plagiarism *New examples of resume writing, business letters, and reference letters *Expanded discussion of the importance of writing clear mission statements and agency goals

Residential Child Care - Collaborative Practice (Paperback): Ian Milligan, Irene Stevens Residential Child Care - Collaborative Practice (Paperback)
Ian Milligan, Irene Stevens
R738 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R60 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

`This excellent book faces the difficulties of residential child care with integrity. The emphasis on collaboration is both timely and important since it is a major theme in the training of social workers in the UK, where this book will be a valuable resource' - Andrew Hill, University of York Residential Child Care is an innovative book which addresses the specific context of modern residential child care whilst promoting collaborative practice within a wider social work setting. The book analyses the collaborative role of organisations, field workers, parents, teachers, and children, and stresses how these interprofessional relationships are crucial to ensuring children's wellbeing. Residential Child Care: Collaborative Practice: " is founded on fundamental social work principles, values and ethics; " encourages collaborative practice by identifying how each professions' roles differ; " seeks to dispel 'barriers' that inhibit effective collaboration; " draws upon examples of good practice; " includes views and experiences of children and young people; " integrates relevant aspects of the social work Benchmark statement. Comprehensive and accessible, the book includes learning outcomes, activities, and case studies to help aid students' understanding. The book successfully balances its theoretical context with a focus on practice, making it an invaluable resource for students and practitioners. It is useful for social work and social care students, trainee residential workers, and professionals who have an interest in working with looked after children.

Decision Making in Social Work (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2010): Terence O'Sullivan Decision Making in Social Work (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2010)
Terence O'Sullivan
R608 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R46 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

At a time when accountability and the avoidance of risk are increasingly demanded of social work practitioners, the ability to make clear and reasoned professional decisions is essential. This welcome new edition provides a supportive framework for making social work judgements and assessments based on a structured and practical approach. Woven through with practice scenarios applicable to the many facets of social work, this text emphasizes the importance of good decision making to high-quality social work practice. Reassuringly clear throughout, this new addition to the BASW Practical Social Work series is core reading for all involved in the field of social work, whether as students, academics, practitioners or managers.

Hate Crimes - Causes, Controls, and Controversies (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld Hate Crimes - Causes, Controls, and Controversies (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld
R1,182 R1,065 Discovery Miles 10 650 Save R117 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Fourth Edition of Hate Crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies by Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld takes a multidisciplinary approach that allows students to explore a broad scope of hate crimes. Drawing on recent developments, topics, and current research, this book examines the issues that foster hate crimes while demonstrating how these criminal acts impact individuals, as well as communities. Students are introduced to the issue through first-person vignettes-offering a more personalized account of both victims and perpetrators of hate crimes. Packed with the latest court cases, research, and statistics from a variety of scholarly sources, the Fourth Edition is one of the most comprehensive and accessible textbooks in the field.

Social Work Practice with Children and Families (Paperback, New): Carolyn Spray, Beverley Jowett Social Work Practice with Children and Families (Paperback, New)
Carolyn Spray, Beverley Jowett
R658 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R51 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Carefully researched and highly readable, this textbook explores what enables good and effective practice in local authority field social work delivered to children, young people and their families. The book sets the context for local authority social work practice and then chapter-by-chapter takes the reader carefully through the social work process. Detailed case studies work really well in embedding the legal and theoretical context firmly within the practice challenges of safeguarding children. Overall the book is about social workers effecting change so that children can continue to live successfully with their families and within their communities. Key features include: " Strong links between theory and practice; " Core themes relevant to training and practice- assessment, decision-making, interprofessional collaboration and reflective practice; " Accessible and jargon-free, also includes a useful glossary of relevant legislation; " Learning points and case study exercises in each chapter. Written in a lively and engaging style, students and newly qualified social workers will find this book provides a helpful introduction to children and families local authority social work as it exists today. It will be invaluable for students taking courses in child and family social work and child protection. The book will also appeal to experienced practitioners who want to explore action research or create the space for reflective practice as part of their continuous professional development. It will help other professionals involved in supporting children develop insight into the practice of social workers.

Reablement Services in Health and Social Care - A guide to practice for students and support workers (Paperback, 1st ed. 2018):... Reablement Services in Health and Social Care - A guide to practice for students and support workers (Paperback, 1st ed. 2018)
Valerie Ebrahimi, Hazel Chapman
R766 Discovery Miles 7 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This ground-breaking text book introduces the theoretical underpinnings and practical considerations of the growing area reablement. With contributions from a number of professions including occupational therapy, nursing and social work this book encourages and supports collaborative working. It also offers service user, carer and support worker perspectives, in order to offer a rounded introduction to effective reablement practices. Reablement Services in Health and Social Care develops the knowledge and understanding of students in this field on a wide range of courses - from nursing and occupational therapy to social work, physiotherapy and beyond. It may also appeal to support staff and associated professionals already working in reablement services and associated fields of enquiry.

The Practice Educator's Handbook (Hardcover, 4th Revised edition): Sarah Williams, Lynne Rutter The Practice Educator's Handbook (Hardcover, 4th Revised edition)
Sarah Williams, Lynne Rutter
R1,563 R1,395 Discovery Miles 13 950 Save R168 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This highly engaging book provides invaluable guidance and support to social workers by challenging them to take a critical, evidence-informed approach to their thinking and practice. This easy-to-read book has been updated to include new developments in social work education, with a new chapter on building effective supervisory relationships with learners.

Understanding Substance Use - Policy and Practice (Paperback): Elaine Arnull Understanding Substance Use - Policy and Practice (Paperback)
Elaine Arnull
R542 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R59 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Changes to drug and alcohol policy post-1995 introduced the partnership style of working and many different routes by which treatment can be accessed. This means that a wide variety of professional groups now work with drug and alcohol users. "The book makes a major contribution to the understanding substance use, drawing on relevant and recent policy. It draws on practice and engages the reader in current debates in the area. The book provides theoretical underpinnings that are influential in practice. As key aspect of social work practice, substance misuse is relevant for practitioners. A much needed book for students, practitioners and policy-makers." Bridget Ng'andu, Ruskin College This book provides an analytical and critical discussion of policy and practice in this area. It lays out the key debates and issues for understanding, exploring, dealing and working with substance misuse issues, users, their families and other professionals. The reader is introduced to the policy framework and why it is important for generic social work and other health and social care practitioners to have an understanding of substance misuse and the issues involved. The reader is assisted to think about how they can use their professional skills and values to inform assessments and interventions with substance users and reflective exercises encourage the reader to consider values issues and examine their own attitudes. This book will be valuable to students and practitioners wishing to update their skills and knowledge.

Practical Child Law for Social Workers (Paperback): Clare Seymour, Richard B. Seymour Practical Child Law for Social Workers (Paperback)
Clare Seymour, Richard B. Seymour
R571 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R78 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The English legal system in the area of social work with children and families can be bewildering and complex and it is vital therefore that any textbook on the subject uses case law, case studies and research to critically-engage social workers and students alike. This book does just that - by examining, and putting into clear practical context, the current law and policy relating to social work with children and families. A guide for both students on placement as well as Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) entering their first roles within children and families teams, Practical Child Law for Social Workers is essential reading for a fast-paced and complex area of social work.

People Skills (Paperback, 4th ed. 2015): Neil Thompson People Skills (Paperback, 4th ed. 2015)
Neil Thompson
R662 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R50 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Now in its fourth edition this popular textbook provides an up-to-date guide to the knowledge and skills required for working successfully with people. Divided in to three key areas of people skills development, Part 1 highlights the importance of personal effectiveness; Part 2 explores core interaction skills including verbal, nonverbal and written; and Part 3 outlines the skills of intervention. Packed with engaging features, each chapter includes practice focus boxes that help connect theory with real-life practice and exercises that stimulate and challenge the reader. Whether you're a social worker, nurse, youth worker, a manager or supervisor, or in any role that involves working with people and their problems, this book will help you to develop your skills and improve your effectiveness.

Capacity and Autonomy (Paperback): Robert Johns Capacity and Autonomy (Paperback)
Robert Johns
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Practice issues surrounding the legal concept of capacity are of fundamental importance to social work. The profession is committed to maximizing service users' autonomy yet vulnerable people may be at risk of abuse or injury if they exercise complete independence - so practitioners need to know in what situations it is appropriate for that autonomy to be curtailed. This accessible and practically-grounded text equips social workers with the legal knowledge needed to work effectively with some of the most vulnerable people in society. It explores capacity in relation to minors, vulnerable adults and mental health, as well as covering complex issues such as refusal to accept treatment and deprivation of liberty. The book goes on to explore the different legal mechanisms that are available for promoting autonomy and safeguarding people's interests. The text is supported by a range of innovative features and boxed information to aid learning and stimulate reflection: - Key Case Analysis boxes summarize the details of particular legislation cases and outline the implications for social work practice. - Practice Focus boxes apply legal principles and processes to practice through the use of social work scenarios. - On-The-Spot Questions reinforce understanding and encourage critical reflection

Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse (Paperback): Sophia Bowlby, Susan Gregory, Linda McKie, Isobel MacPherson Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse (Paperback)
Sophia Bowlby, Susan Gregory, Linda McKie, Isobel MacPherson
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse draws upon theories of time and space to consider how informal care is woven into the fabric of everyday lives and is shaped by social and economic inequalities and opportunities.

The book comprises three parts. The first explores contrasting social and economic contexts of informal care in different parts of the world. The second looks at different themes and dynamics of caring, using fictional vignettes of illness and health, child care, elderly care and communities of care. The book examines the significance to practices of care throughout the lifecourse of:

  • understandings and expectations of care
  • emotional exchanges involved in care
  • memories and anticipations of giving and receiving care
  • the social nature of the spaces and places in which care is carried out
  • the practical time-space scheduling necessary to caring activities.

Finally the authors critically examine how the frameworks of caringscapes and carescapes might be used in research, policy and practice. A working example is provided.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of care work, health and social care, geography, sociology of the family and social policy as well as those in business and policy communities trying to gain an understanding of how work and informal care interweave.

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