Relational constructivism and relational social work

Authored by: Björn Kraus

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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Systemic and constructivist ideas have gradually established themselves in social work discourses. 1 In this context, there are other dominant perspectives which seem to advocate a complete individualization of responsibility. In this chapter, this notion will be contrasted with relational constructivism which allows us to see individuals as persons in environment. Furthermore, in this chapter I will plead for a relational social work that – by considering and working on the interrelations between individual and society – will maintain its competence (Kraus, 2017c).

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