‘Against today’s context of interprofessional practice and interdisciplinary research, Michael Sheppard develops a compelling and scholarly argument that social work, with its ongoing relationship to social exclusion, is not only a form of practice but also a discipline in its own right. This book is very timely and makes a major contribution to current debates about the distinctiveness of social work.’
Imogen Taylor, University of Sussex, UK
‘Michael Sheppard’s book locates social work between the mainstream and the marginalized, the public and the private. This is a clear and comprehensive analysis of the big issues in social work theory, which clarifies key debates in the literature of practice.’
Bill Jordan, Plymouth University, Huddersfield University and London Metropolitan University, UK
‘What a refreshing, stimulating and engaging read Social Work and Social Exclusion proved to be. Refreshing because Michael Sheppard takes the reader beyond familiar laments about the policy annihilation of social work; stimulating because of the reach and penetration of his analysis; and engaging in its style, structure and content…Social Work and Social Exclusion should be a key text for qualifying or PQ students, and for any social worker who wants reminding about why they came into the profession.’ Professional Social Work
‘…this book takes an original standpoint…its arguments are persuasive…language is precise and positions clearly stated. It gives excellent definitions of key terms…by questioning key concepts in social work (need, choice, empowerment and so on), this book offers much for the student and reflective practitioner.’
Dr Michael Sheppard is Professor of Social Work at the University of Plymouth, UK.