The Citizenship Theory of social justice: exploring the meaning of personalisation for social workersSimon Duffy
- Journal of Social Work Practice, September 2010, Taylor & Francis
- DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2010.500118
Why the point of social work is to enable everyone to enjoy full citizenship
What is it about?
Social work is about social justice. However the systems of social care, which emerged from an era of eugenics, institutionalisation and social control, don't provide the best basis for achieving true social justice. Disabled people, and others, have been demonstrating that social justice is about living a life of full citizenship. Recent social policy reforms, which go under the rather misleading name of 'personalisation' are bets understood as efforts to reform social care systems to achieve citizenship for all.
Why is it important?
This article offers a way of connecting the ambiguous concept of personalisation with the practical efforts to reform social care and the model of citizenship which was developed by Duffy in his Keys to Citizenship.
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