Enhancing the social dimension of development: Interconnecting the capability approach and applied knowledge of social workers

Veal, Danielle, King, Julie A., & Marston, Gregory (2016) Enhancing the social dimension of development: Interconnecting the capability approach and applied knowledge of social workers. International Social Work. (In Press)

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Abstract

The current interest in sustainability within international development presents an important opportunity for social work to further promote the often-overlooked social pillar of sustainable development. The dominant paradigm regarding economic systems of development and organisation has influenced not only the scope of sustainable development, but also an increasingly depoliticised vision of social work knowledge and practice. Inattention to structural determinants of social inequalities limits the scope for radical, sustained change. The Capability Approach’s recognition of poverty and development as complex, multidimensional phenomena aligns with social work values, while social work’s well-established and reflexive direct-level practice may provide the applied knowledge needed in the theory.

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ID Code: 98256
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Capability Approach, Micro/marco dichotomy, Professional environment, Social justice
DOI: 10.1177/0020872816651703
ISSN: 1461-7234
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: 2016 The Authors
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2016 23:18
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 22:23

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