Renewing social work practice through a postmodern perspective

John W. Murphy, Jean T. Pardeck

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Postmodernism is one of the most recent significant developments within the social sciences. This paper reviews the movement toward a postmodern perspective beginning in the late 19th century in the field of sociology. The evolution toward a postmodern perspective in the social sciences has important implications for the profession of social work. The authors suggest that the postmodern perspective has the potential to renew the profession of social work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPostmodernism, Religion, and the Future of Social Work
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136380969
ISBN (Print)0789005166, 9780789005168
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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