The ethical geography of macro practice

Human rights to utilitarianism

Authored by: Ogden Rogers

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138343931
eBook ISBN: 9780429438813
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While the relatively individualistic context of micro social work practice has rich values and ethics literature from which to draw, moving into the wide contexts and variety of community practice has less philosophical and practice wisdom to elaborate the values and ethical behavior directions that macro practitioners might require (Hardcastle, Wenocur, & Powers, 1997). Micro context assumes a very small system, perhaps a dyad of “worker-client,” where rights and obligations are vested in the individuals. These behaviors are at best modified by those few ethical principles that invoke “social responsibility” (Reisch & Lowe, 2000).

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