The Origins of Social Care and Social Work: Creating a Global Future

Mark Henrickson

European and North American notions of helping - or managing - poor and marginalised people have deep roots in religious texts and traditions which continue to influence contemporary social policy and social work practice in ways which many do not realise.

Bringing together interdisciplinary scholarship, Mark Henrickson argues that it is essential to understand and critique social work’s origins in order to work out what to retain and what must change if we are to achieve the vision of a truly global profession.

Addressing current debates in international social work about social justice, professionalisation, and the legacy of colonisation, this thought-provoking book will allow practitioners and scholars to consider and create a global future for social work.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. A Royal Responsibility
  3. Inventing the Poor
  4. Reforming the Poor
  5. Capitalising the Poor
  6. Industrialising the Poor
  7. Liberalising the Poor
  8. Professionalising Work with the Poor
  9. A Global Perspective
  10. Creating a Global Future
The Origins of Social Care and Social Work