The nexus between feminism and postmodernism: still a central concern for critical social work

Macfarlane, Selma and Morley, Christine 2012, The nexus between feminism and postmodernism: still a central concern for critical social work, British journal of social work, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 687-705, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr107.

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Title The nexus between feminism and postmodernism: still a central concern for critical social work
Author(s) Macfarlane, Selma
Morley, Christine
Journal name British journal of social work
Volume number 42
Issue number 4
Start page 687
End page 705
Total pages 19
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0045-3102
Keyword(s) social work theory
social work education
critical practice
Summary  In this paper, we provide a critical review of the literature that discusses the nexus between feminism and postmodernism. Further, we argue that the current debates about using postmodernism to enhance structural theories such as feminism are often polarised, and continue to limit the potential for developing critical social work practice and theory. In transcending these dualistic debates, we have explored what the possibilities are for postmodernism to contribute to critical objectives such as those espoused by feminism and why this is particularly important for social work at this point in time. We have contended that engaging with postmodernism critically has significant potential to enhance feminist practice. We begin the article with a justification for the importance of re(visiting) the nexus between postmodern and structural theory in the current context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcr107
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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