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The contested field of social work in a retreating welfare state: the case of Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 3, no 3, 357-374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critically examines the consequences of the neoliberal reorganisation of the welfare state for social work in Sweden in a time of increasing poverty, marginalisation and social problems. The retreat of the welfare state from its traditional obligations has resulted in the emergence of many voluntary and private actors in the Swedish ‘care market’, driving social work to authoritative action of social control and engagement in charitable activities. Based on a review of recent events indicating that municipal social work is in crisis, it is shown that critical voices are reacting against the increasing shortcomings of the welfare state, including municipal social work practices. It is argued that the pursuit of rights-based social work is urgent and that social work should be engaged in raising critical questions influencing public debate in order to counteract the increasing neoliberal dissolution of the Swedish welfare state and social work, which has led to increasing inequalities and injustices.

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Policy Press, 2015. Vol. 3, no 3, 357-374 p.
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neoliberalism, Swedish welfare state, rights-based social work, non-governmental organisations
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26124DOI: 10.1332/204986015X14417170590583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26124DiVA: diva2:862302
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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