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Political Correctness and Social Work

Edited by Terry Philpot
December 1999
Institute of Economic Affairs
ISBN: 1903386748
91 Pages
$12.95 Paper Original

Is political correctness a left-wing plot to stifle debate on certain issues, or a right-wing plot to ridicule social services and facilitate the dismantling of the welfare state? Social workers are widely believed to be in thrall to political correctness, obsessed with the terminology of race and gender, and influenced by considerations which most people regard as irrelevant, foolish or malign. In this collection of essays, practitioners, theorists and writers on social work consider whether there is enough evidence to brand social workers with what Terry Philpot describes as the modern mark of Cain.

Series: IEA Health and Welfare Unit: Choice in Welfare, No. 54