The nexus between feminism and postmodernism: Still a central concern for critical social work

Morley, Christine & MacFarlane, Selma (2012) The nexus between feminism and postmodernism: Still a central concern for critical social work. British Journal of Social Work, 42(4), pp. 687-705.

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In this paper, we provide a critical review of the literature that discusses the nexus between feminism and postmodernism. Further, we argue that the current debates about using postmodernism to enhance structural theories such as feminism are often polarised, and continue to limit the potential for developing critical social work practice and theory. In transcending these dualistic debates, we have explored what the possibilities are for postmodernism to contribute to critical objectives such as those espoused by feminism and why this is particularly important for social work at this point in time. We have contended that engaging with postmodernism critically has significant potential to enhance feminist practice. We begin the article with a justification for the importance of re(visiting) the nexus between postmodern and structural theory in the current context.

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ID Code: 98040
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: critical practice; feminism; postmodernism; social work education; social work theory
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr107
ISSN: 0045-3102
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Author
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2016 23:37
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2016 02:11

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