Advancing transformative eco-social change

Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper proposes a reconciliatory, integrative and transformative way forward for addressing philosophical incongruities between the emerging foundations of eco-social work and inherent modernist assumptions underpinning conventional social work practice. Although modernity has enabled the profession to pursue certain freedoms, such as individual empowerment and self-determination, a modernist worldview is today critiqued for philosophical assumptions associated with the unsustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. By advancing transformative eco-social change, opportunities to broaden the profession’s conventional philosophical base to include holism and interdependence with the natural world will be explored. Implications centre on the need to incorporate perspective transformation and critical reflexivity, and to revise the framing of fundamental documents, such as codes of ethics, practice standards and education requirements. By integrating transformative eco-social change, social work can improve the capacity to develop a coherent and ethical response to ecological and social problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-151
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume72
Issue number2
Early online date10 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03 Apr 2019

Fingerprint

Social Change
Social Work
social change
social work
profession
Codes of Ethics
holism
Personal Autonomy
Social Problems
reflexivity
worldview
self-determination
interdependence
empowerment
modernity
natural resources
moral philosophy
Education
education

Cite this

@article{789121cf23cc4f49935429c41a1276a7,
title = "Advancing transformative eco-social change: Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations",
abstract = "This paper proposes a reconciliatory, integrative and transformative way forward for addressing philosophical incongruities between the emerging foundations of eco-social work and inherent modernist assumptions underpinning conventional social work practice. Although modernity has enabled the profession to pursue certain freedoms, such as individual empowerment and self-determination, a modernist worldview is today critiqued for philosophical assumptions associated with the unsustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. By advancing transformative eco-social change, opportunities to broaden the profession’s conventional philosophical base to include holism and interdependence with the natural world will be explored. Implications centre on the need to incorporate perspective transformation and critical reflexivity, and to revise the framing of fundamental documents, such as codes of ethics, practice standards and education requirements. By integrating transformative eco-social change, social work can improve the capacity to develop a coherent and ethical response to ecological and social problems.",
keywords = "Environmental Social Work, Social Work Education, Social Work Practice",
author = "Heather Boetto",
year = "2019",
month = "4",
day = "3",
doi = "10.1080/0312407X.2018.1484501",
language = "English",
volume = "72",
pages = "139--151",
journal = "Australian Social Work",
issn = "0312-407X",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

Advancing transformative eco-social change : Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations. / Boetto, Heather.

In: Australian Social Work, Vol. 72, No. 2, 03.04.2019, p. 139-151.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Advancing transformative eco-social change

T2 - Shifting from modernist to holistic foundations

AU - Boetto, Heather

PY - 2019/4/3

Y1 - 2019/4/3

N2 - This paper proposes a reconciliatory, integrative and transformative way forward for addressing philosophical incongruities between the emerging foundations of eco-social work and inherent modernist assumptions underpinning conventional social work practice. Although modernity has enabled the profession to pursue certain freedoms, such as individual empowerment and self-determination, a modernist worldview is today critiqued for philosophical assumptions associated with the unsustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. By advancing transformative eco-social change, opportunities to broaden the profession’s conventional philosophical base to include holism and interdependence with the natural world will be explored. Implications centre on the need to incorporate perspective transformation and critical reflexivity, and to revise the framing of fundamental documents, such as codes of ethics, practice standards and education requirements. By integrating transformative eco-social change, social work can improve the capacity to develop a coherent and ethical response to ecological and social problems.

AB - This paper proposes a reconciliatory, integrative and transformative way forward for addressing philosophical incongruities between the emerging foundations of eco-social work and inherent modernist assumptions underpinning conventional social work practice. Although modernity has enabled the profession to pursue certain freedoms, such as individual empowerment and self-determination, a modernist worldview is today critiqued for philosophical assumptions associated with the unsustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. By advancing transformative eco-social change, opportunities to broaden the profession’s conventional philosophical base to include holism and interdependence with the natural world will be explored. Implications centre on the need to incorporate perspective transformation and critical reflexivity, and to revise the framing of fundamental documents, such as codes of ethics, practice standards and education requirements. By integrating transformative eco-social change, social work can improve the capacity to develop a coherent and ethical response to ecological and social problems.

KW - Environmental Social Work

KW - Social Work Education

KW - Social Work Practice

U2 - 10.1080/0312407X.2018.1484501

DO - 10.1080/0312407X.2018.1484501

M3 - Article

VL - 72

SP - 139

EP - 151

JO - Australian Social Work

JF - Australian Social Work

SN - 0312-407X

IS - 2

ER -