Back to the ‘social’ of social work : Reviving the social work profession’s contribution to the promotion of social justice

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-740
Journal / PublicationInternational Social Work
Issue number6
Online published5 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


Social changes and professionalization have moved social work away from advancing social justice and into the domination of individual therapies. This article redirects social workers’ attention to the importance of the ‘social’ in social work by presenting a six-social dimensions framework, and suggests that this refocusing helps to revive the profession’s contribution to promoting social justice.

Research Area(s)

  • social justice, social work, social work profession, the six-social dimensions, the ‘social’ of social work