Transforming Society? Social Work and Sociology
Vicky Price and Graeme Simpson,
The Policy Press
University of Bristol
Star rating: 4/5
Social work students will find this book particularly useful, writes Susan Algar. Those studying a Foundation Degree in Care will also find it interesting to read since it looks at many of the factors involved in care work. In doing so, it poses many questions about the nature of care work and the principle of community care.
It will also complement the health and social care component of the BTEC diploma, as there is a discussion of social exclusion.
It was pleasing to see that there are clearly detailed synopses of theories and their concept. The book explores several sociological theories, explaining their main concepts and encouraging students to look at them more closely.
Also, there are precise explanations of terminology. This should encourage students to want to learn more.
Overall, the book is highly readable. There is an equal consideration given to each of the key themes explored. The text incorporates real life case studies to emphasise situations. Activities are suggested which will generate discussions and raise awareness. It is a thought-provoking read.
Susan Algar is a lecturer in social care at North West Kent College