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The current economic crisis in Ireland: why social work needs to be part of the challenge to a discredited system

Featherstone, Brid (2011). The current economic crisis in Ireland: why social work needs to be part of the challenge to a discredited system. Comunitania , 1(1) pp. 17–29.

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Abstract

This article outlines the background to Ireland’s current economic difficulties. It locates the response by the government within an ongoing neo-liberal project that reproduces patterns of inequality. It explores why tackling inequality is essential to individual and societal well-being. It outlines the history of social work in Ireland and argues that it must become part of the coalition for change that is emerging in Irish society. It offers some grounds for optimism in this regard although it recognises that there are obstacles partly to do with government control of social work and its location within a demoralised and frightened public sector.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: Not known
ISSN: 2173-0512
Keywords: economic crisis; neo-liberalism; inequality; social work
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 30211
Depositing User: Brigid Featherstone
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 15:53
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2012 01:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30211
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