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Ian Shaw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166409

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166409.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Social Work Science

Ian Shaw

Columbia University Press

No social work is free from science. The ambiguous implications of these words permeate this book.

Is social work a science? I believe for various reasons that will surface throughout the book that this is an unhelpful question. It may be helpful to some degree to say that social work is a science-based occupation. Brante concludes: “A profession obtains its status from a central base, that it is a truth regime. Because of its scientific base, a profession is the ultimate link to ‘truth’; there is no higher authority. This and only this is what makes professions unique” (2011, 19). But this is some way from saying that social work as such is a science. This book is called ...

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