Call for Papers
Special Issue of Qualitative Social Work: Critical Social Work
What is the critical agenda of qualitative social work? How do the concerns of qualitative social workers, as researchers and practitioners, relate to the transformative ideals of the profession? It is arguable that these questions involve increasing controversy as new ways of knowing (and approaches to researching) seemingly undermine the previously more certain social justice base of social work. We therefore need to understand more closely how the plethora of qualitative methods might be developed in ways which support the longstanding critical ideals of social work in challenging forms of unjust social domination.
In a special issue of Qualitative Social Work, which we expect to publish within the next 12 months, we plan to profile these current concerns. How are social workers - practitioners, researchers, theorists - using these newer approaches to research in tandem with ideals of critical social work? What kinds of qualitative research methods and approaches are appropriate for critical practice? How do the responses to these sorts of questions help shape a research approach that is distinctive to the ideals of our profession?
We invite submissions from anyone who is engaging in these issues - articles that stir debate, outline dilemmas, detail new ideas, or describe current projects.
Contributions should take the form of:
Main papers (between 4000 and 7000 words)
‘New Voices’- Articles by contributors engaged in new work or in early stages of their careers, or by those whose voices are normally silenced - reports, reflective accounts, analyses of practice or research from a critical perspective (2700-4000 words)
‘Practice, Teaching and Research of Critical Social Work’ - Reviews, accounts or analyses of qualitative methods of researching, practising or teaching critical social work (2700-4000 words)
Technical Applications - Reviews of developments and their implications for critical qualitative research and practice (2000-3000 words)
‘Response and Commentary’ - Short responses from a critical perspective, to earlier contributions in the journal (1000-1500 words)
Contributions for this special issue may be sent by October 31st 2002 (marked clearly ‘For consideration for the Special Issue on Critical Social Work) to any of the editorial addresses.
For further information on Qualitative Social Work including notes for authors, please visit our website.
School of Social Services
Saint Louis University
St Louis, MS 63103, USA
Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff CF10 3WT, Wales
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