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Reimagining the relationship between social work and information communication technology in the network society

Baker, Steven and Warburton, Jeni and Hodgkin, Suzanne and Pascal, Jan (2014) Reimagining the relationship between social work and information communication technology in the network society. Australian Social Work, 67 (4). pp. 467-478. ISSN 0312-407X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2014.928336

Abstract

Australia is experiencing a period of immense cultural change predicated on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). New devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and the social iterations of the internet are impacting on communication patterns and contributing to the merging of people's online and offline lives. Using Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells's theory of the Network Society as a theoretical foundation, this issues paper posits that social work must overcome its historical reluctance to embrace ICT if it is to remain relevant in the era of the network society. In particular, we argue that social work professionals need to begin a dialogue with IT developers, social service managers, and funding bodies about the need for practice-led ICT systems. This paper examines the turbulent history social work has had with technological change, and concludes that the adoption of a practice-led approach to ICT use in education, practice, and research provides a strong foundation for reimagining the relationship between social work and ICT.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social work, Social work education, Social justice, ICT
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Emma Sansby
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 16:25
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 17:37
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/37

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