Responding to neoliberalism in social work education

A neo-Gramscian approach

Authored by: John Wallace , Bob Pease

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Social Work

Print publication date:  January  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138578432
eBook ISBN: 9781351264402
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Neoliberalism is commonly portrayed as an economic ideology that conveys a purity of economic relations which are presented as unassailable and as common sense. The liberal project that has underpinned capitalism for more than a century has now catapulted into a profoundly different model of economic and social organisation. However, in actuality, it is experienced as a highly variable combination of many cultural aspects and styles that have the effect of limiting the possibilities of response (Fisher, 2009). It is more an assemblage than a dominant mono-culture.

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