Values-based politics and new structural social work: Theory for a post-neoliberal age?
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Citation:Matthewson, P J. (2021). Values-based politics and new structural social work: Theory for a post-neoliberal age?. Whanake: the Pacific Journal of Community Development, 7(1), 61-76. Unitec ePress. ISSN 2423-009X. http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5486
The mission of social work includes implementing positive changes in the structures of society to enhance social justice, not simply assisting individuals and families to achieve personal growth and better adaptation to our existing society. This theoretical article explores a basis for social workers in Aotearoa to implement this mission in the current political context of our country. It aligns with the values-based politics promoted by author Max Harris in his recent book The New Zealand Project (2017), and draws on structural social work as a specific social work theory that can inform this mission. The election of a more progressive government may provide the social work profession with an alliance that can implement positive social change.
Keywords:Aotearoa, New Zealand, social work, New Zealand government, structural change, systemic change, value-based politics, politics, New Zealand Project. Max Harris (2017), Harris, Max (Political scientist)
ANZSRC Field of Research:4409 Social work, 440809 New Zealand government and politics
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