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"Social work and Marxism: a short essay on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx"

by Garrett, Paul Michael (2018)


Marxism is frequently regarded in a disdainful and dismissive way in social work education. However, often drawing on Marx's own words, this article argues that many of his focal ideas have continuing resonance for contemporary social work. Three key themes are briefly examined: Marx's analysis of labour and working lives in a capitalist society; neoliberalism and the voraciousness of capital; and the role of the state and dominating ideology. Finally, the discussion will turn from theory to praxis, illustrating how practitioners and educators within the field of social work might endeavour not only to 'interpret' the world, but also to 'change' it.


Social Work, Marx, Marxist, Social Theory, Critical Theory, Capitalism



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